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Where We Live: Aurora/East Aurora

Aurora/East Aurora

The East Aurora Kiwanis Club will host its sixth annual “World’s Largest Fish Fry” Friday, when it will try, once again, to beat the Guinness World Record for the number of fish fry meals sold.

“Once we hit it, it’ll just skyrocket I’m sure,” said Patrick Blizniak, an organizer. “We’re about 25 percent short.”

The drive-thru, takeout-style fish dinner – featuring beer-battered haddock, cole slaw, potato salad, rye bread and butter – runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased in advance from Kiwanis members or at the event.

The record of 2,552 fish fry meals, set in 2008 at the Polish Heritage Festival at The Fairgrounds, inspired Kiwanis members to try beating it because their annual chicken barbecue in June sells so well.

“If we could do 5,000 chicken dinners, why couldn’t we do that in fish?” said Blizniak.

A fundraising fish fry, the Friday before Ash Wednesday, came closest to the record in 2012, when about 2,200 dinners were sold. The variable often is the stormy weather at the end of February, he said.

“We are going to do this. It’s just a matter of time,” said Blizniak. “Weather permitting … We could do it this year… We are so close right now.”

Also this week:

• The Aurora Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Southside Municipal Building, 300 Gleed Ave.

• A fundraising wiffle ball tournament will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the East Aurora High School gym, 1003 Center St. Tickets are $5 in advance, available in any school beginning Monday, or $6 at the door. Proceeds go to Wings Flights of Hope, a local organization that helps people who need of airfare for medical and humanitarian purposes.

• The Aurora Theatre will join local businesses in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the chicken wing with showings of “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt,” at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 673 Main St.

The documentary tells the story of a road trip through New York, by journalist Matt Reynolds and a crew of judges, to try 284 kinds of wings and choose the best. Reynolds and the director will answer questions after the showing.

Throughout the day, local businesses will pay tribute with wing-themed specials, including chicken wing discounts at Bar Bill, a restaurant featured in the movie.