The Friday night fish fry is about to take its place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
What will put it there is the World's Largest Fish Fry, to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Grange Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.
"We're going to have a lot of fun with this event," said Jim Serafin, chairman of the Old Fashioned Fish Fry Committee, which has organized the effort. "Fish fry dinners are a Western New York tradition. We do them better than anyone else in the country. Let's show the rest of the world how good it is here."
Serafin said he got a surprise when he contacted Guinness World Record headquarters in England to set up the specifications for the attempt.
"You know what? There is no record," he said. "This will be the record. What we do will be the benchmark for future years. We'll be the pacesetters."
Serafin said the total number of fish fry dinners consumed will be documented via ticket sales and photos. A running tabulation will be posted throughout the dinner hours, he added.
How many does he expect to sell?
"I figure about 1,000, but the caterer [Krolick's Barbecue of Springville] is ready for 10,000," Serafin said. They have the capacity to prepare 450 dinners every seven minutes, he noted.
Price for a beer-battered piece of history is $9. Serafin is encouraging people to order in advance by calling the Polish Union of America at 677-0220.
The event marks the start of the organization's fifth annual Polish Heritage Festival Friday through Sunday at the fairgrounds. Highlight will be a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday featuring Peter Cetera, formerly of the group Chicago, with the 42-piece Festival Symphony Orchestra. For information, visit www.polishunion.com.