Variety of events on tap starting Friday

Published 12:01 am Thursday, August 18, 2011

Eugene Adams and Duane O’Neal try out a gun at last year’s Gun and Knife Show. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Saturday for this year’s show. | File photo

Locals looking for entertainment this weekend have an array of choices both tomorrow and Saturday.

On Friday, locals have two opportunities to enjoy both fish and seafood.

A fund-raising fish fry will be held at Southside Baptist Church Friday from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Meredith’s Miracles, a non-profit organization designed to help families who have to leave this area to receive sub-specialty care that is not available locally with their non-medical related expenses.

Plates are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under.

“This is a large event for us,” said board member June Simpson.

Also on Friday night, the Opp Cultural Arts Council will sponsor a low country boil and bluegrass concert at the Danley Plaza downtown Opp.

Pure and Simple Bluegrass will be the entertainment.

“We try to have something of interest for the local community. We have not done one of these, but I can tell you, it’s going to be the place to be on that night,” said OCAC member Martha Chisum.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for those 12 and older and $10 for those under 12, and may be purchased by calling Chisum at 493-3811.

If your schedule is too tight Friday, don’t worry, Saturday offers plenty of things to do as well.

One can wake up early for a pancake breakfast at Southside Baptist Church, beginning at 7 a.m. Cost is $5.

For the bikers and others looking to enjoy a ride Saturday, the third annual Papa Luke Jackson Memorial Ride will leave Jackson Honda at 10 a.m.

Organizer Cathy Brown said registration will be held at 9 a.m.

“We’re going to have live entertainment, door prizes and chicken plates,” she said. “The event is open to the public. If they don’t want to ride in the poker run, they can come and get a plate.

Brown said plates will be served at 11:30 a.m., and cost is $6 per plate.

All funds raised will go to help fight pediatric brain cancer.

Saturday and Sunday, the 28th annual South Alabama Gun and Knife show will be held at the Kiwanis Community Center.

Sponsored by the South Alabama Gun Club, the event will kickoff at 9 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m.

Sunday’s show will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 years old are free.

Ab St. John, organizer, said the money goes to fund the club’s shooting range.

At 6 p.m., Opp’s First United Methodist Church will hold an auction and spaghetti dinner to benefit Crossover Ministries.

Tickets are $5 each. To purchase tickets, call 493-9731.