8th DISTRICT FISH FRY
After Sonny Perdue was sworn in as Governor in 2003, he wanted to thank his friends, family, supporters, and volunteers who helped him win and become the first Republican governor since reconstruction during the 2001-2002 campaign. He sponsored the first Sonny’s Fish Fry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, which is near his hometown. Huge crowds came to celebrate, eat Darryl’s fried catfish, enjoy music and most of all, enjoy the great camaraderie among the elected officials, candidates for office, volunteers, and guests. This tradition has continued and they come from around the state annually one Saturday in August. Houston County GOP members were always a large part in planning, helping host, hand out the t-shirts and door prizes, and serve the meals to as many as 3,000 folks in some years. The local community is also involved in various ways throughout the years, including everything from face painting to “go fish” booths for the kids, to Gator’s sno-cones, yummy peaches from Dickey’s Farm, and delicious watermelons that Gary and Lydia Black sliced for us. Good entertainment has always been a big part of the day’s fun from bluegrass to gospel to country bands and cloggers. The year that Warner Robins Little League won the National Championship the team attended our Fish Fry! Most importantly prayer, singing of the National Anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, which is brought in by a local high school color guard, start the program every time.
After Sonny left the governorship, the state GOP took over the event for a few years and then passed on to the 8th District to host. The beloved Fish Fry is now back and better than ever! But it could not happen without the dedication of the Houston County Republican Party! We hope you will join us!