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Metro area churches and cultural organizations continue on with 'Fish Fry Fridays'

Posted at 6:32 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 19:36:59-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Fish Fry Fridays are a long-standing tradition Lent in the Omaha metro area. While some have been canceled, many will still go on and have been adapted for the pandemic. Signs are up, fish is thawing and preparations are underway.

"People enter here, pick up their food, we keep everyone socially distanced, and they exit here," said John Kresnik, President, Croation Cultural Society of Omaha.

You can get your fish fried or baked and if you like sides, their home-made coleslaw is a favorite.

"French fries, we do a sweet dressing on our coleslaw, people like that and come back wanting to have it moving forward," added Kresnik.

He said that keeping up with this tradition of more than 35 years is important. Also, it is their largest fundraiser of the year.

"It is vital to our existence and the sustainability of the club, pay bills, donate to charities, Croatian orphanages, ensure that we can spread it out as best we can," he said.

The hard-to-come-by Croatian beer is also a crowd favorite.

While many will miss the closeness of past events — the good will, smiles and appreciation for everyone in the community will still be a part of this special day.

For a list of Fish Fry Fridays, click here.

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