People in Wisconsin love a good fish fry, especially on Fridays, but no one in the state holds a bigger fish fry outdoors than Port Washington during the annual Port Washington Fish Day (also known as Port Fish Day to locals).
The event started in 1964 and is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the third Saturday of July. About 10,000 pounds of breaded cod are fried, and locals say that makes it the biggest one-day outdoor fish fry in the world.
Nine nonprofit groups staff fish-and-chips booths that are set up along the Lake Michigan shore, downtown marina to Upper Lake Park. It's a straightforward menu: “Chips,” in this case, means potato chips.
Musicians, dancers and others entertain on five stages in the same vicinity. At Upper Lake Park are a car show and arts/crafts vendors. Kids and adults enter contests to see who can eat the most ice cream and smoked fish (that's two events, not one).
A morning parade of marching bands, firetrucks, floats, local dignitaries and more descends St. Mary's Hill, via Wisconsin Street, then Grand Avenue.
Carnival rides and helicopter rides happen all day. Local firefighters organize soccer water fights; participants should expect to get drenched while trying to score a goal.
Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the annual Fish Day Run and Walk, whose respective distances are 8 kilometers and 2 miles. The all-volunteer event ends with fireworks, set off from a harbor dock.
What: Port Washington Fish Day
When: July 20, 2013
Where: Downtown Port Washington's lakefront, marina to Upper Lake Park
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