Frankford firefighters bringing back their Shrimp & Wing Fest

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s Shrimp & Wing Fest was so successful it its first year, it’s back for seconds.

The fire company will host the event on Saturday, June 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the fire hall. Hundreds of pounds of shrimp and wings — 400 of each, to be exact, will be cooking in preparation for the event starting Saturday afternoon, according to FVFC Chief Hunter Holland.

How does one cook 400 pounds of shrimp and an equal amount of chicken wings? As for the shrimp, Holland said, the job gets done in a big pot. A really, really big pot. How big?

“About 5 feet tall and 2 feet around,” Holland said. The huge steamer was specially made for the fire company by Mumford Sheet Metal in Selbyville, he noted.

The chicken wings, which were donated by Mountaire Farms, will be cooked in a barbecue trailer from Hocker’s, Holland said.

In addition to the “main events,” there will be hot sausages, as well as potato salad. A beer trailer will also be on site, and water will be available as well.

Entertainment will be provided by the local band Dirt Road Outlaws starting at 8 p.m., in the fire house engine bay. The food will be set up in the dining hall.

Holland said the event committee started planning this year’s festival the “the day after,” the last one — starting with booking the band, which also played at the 2017 inaugural festival.

“It’s a fun event,” Holland said. “I enjoy getting ready.”

The idea for the shrimp-and-wings dinner came about because the fire company wanted to have an event similar to its popular bull-and-oyster roast, held during the winter months — but they wanted to try a warm-weather event, Holland said.

“If we make a little extra money,” the shrimp and wings fest will be considered a success, the fire chief said. In addition to ticket sales for the dinner, there will also be raffles of items including a Yeti cooler and several fishing poles. Of particular interest is a custom-made pink fishing pole, he said.

Tickets for the Shrimp & Wing Fest cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets are available at the fire house, at Frankford Town Hall next door or from any fire company member. The fire house is located at 7 Main Street, Frankford. For more information, call the fire house at (302) 732-6662.

By Kerin Magill
Staff Reporter