Perfect weather, great food and good company helped make White River Community Club's annual fund-raising fish fry a huge success.
More than 175 people from across the state showed up to indulge in the famous White River fish and the multitude of homemade side dishes.
"We are so pleased with the turnout," said WRCC member Peggy Rector. "We came very close to running out of fish."
Club officers estimated the club collected more than $2,000 for their efforts. The club is looking into several options to secure funding to replace the foundation and the roof of the nearly 100-year-old schoolhouse that has served at the community meeting hall for more than 40 years.
According to club president Dee Weiss, the club sent out special invitations to elected officials and everyone running for public office.
"We think they might be able to help us with funding renovations on WRCC or point us in the right direction," she said.
Rio Blanco County Commissioner Forrest Nelson said he has always enjoyed the WRCC Fish Fry.
"The food is always good, and I really enjoyed the music," he said.
Kimberly Filener, a country music entertainer from Rangely, provided the entertainment.
The committee also thought this would be a perfect place for voters to meet candidates and their elected officials.
"We are impressed with how many showed up," Weiss said
Jay Fetcher, a Democratic candidate for the state Senate from Clark, said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and talk with everyone.
"It is a beautiful drive, and the food was outrageous," Fetcher said.
Republican incumbent Sen. Jack Taylor, Fetcher's opponent for the race, also came to partake in the festivities.
Sen. Taylor presented WRCC President Dee Wiess with a U.S. flag for the club that had flown over the state Capitol along with a commemorative plaque. Weiss, owner of Fawn Creek Gallery, assured the gathering she could handle the task of getting it framed.
"This is simply wonderful. I have done a little framing ---- I can see to it this (plaque) is framed," Wiess said.
Republican candidate for the Ninth Judicial District, Colleen Truden, was present, along with 3rd Congressional District candidate Greg Walcher. Both were happy about their visit to White River Community and pleased to help make the fund-raiser a success.
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to get to know people from the district I hope to represent," Truden said.
Walcher also commended the members.
"I commend their efforts with White River Community Center and applaud them for giving the people the invitation to take part in this event," Walcher said.
Rio Blanco County Commissioner candidates Ken Parson and Joyce Miller were present. Both are running for the seat Don Davis is vacating and both are from Rangely.