BALLINGER - The pots and fryers were happily bubbling on the back porch of the St. Mary's Parish Center Friday, March 23 as the dedicated members of the Knights of Columbus got busy frying fish for the annual event, held during lent at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

BALLINGER - The pots and fryers were happily bubbling on the back porch of the St. Mary's Parish Center Friday, March 23 as the dedicated members of the Knights of Columbus got busy frying fish for the annual event, held during lent at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

The event began in 2015, with the premier event held at the first of the Lenten season and the second fish fry held the week before Easter.

This go around, members recognizable in their blue vests and aprons, got busy around 4 p.m. Friday at the church. There were plenty of KOC members inside the kitchen, getting the fish ready for frying in assembly line fashion.

The guys on fry duty headed up by Joe Toliver manned about three fryers outside - all preparing to fry up about 125 pounds of battered fish as well as hush puppies and French fries preparing to serve about 250-300.

Inside the kitchen KOC members like Alvin Niehues, who has the technique down to a science, prepared the fish with the cornmeal.

Others had been busy making the coleslaw, French fries and the hush puppies.

While still others helped with the assembly line of the meals.

But it wouldn't go off without a hitch, without the help of the wives of the KOC members.

The proceeds go to church programs as well as to the Pregnancy Help Center, seminaries and the Kairos Prison Ministry.