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May 11, 2014

Top Republicans coming to fish fry

DUNCAN — There should be a noticeable drop in the catfish population after Saturday.

At the 10th Annual GOP Fish Fry on Saturday, Stephens County Republican Chairman Leon Farris said they plan to fry enough fish to feed 1,000 people.

The fish fry, which benefits the local Republican party, has grown in stature from rather humble beginnings, when it attracted only a couple hundred people 10 years ago, Farris said.

Local organizers say it’s now the biggest gathering of Republicans in the state except for the state party conventions.

Headlining the bill this year is Gov. Mary Fallin, who will be the keynote speaker.

The top Republican candidates seeking the nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn also are epected, but U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond, State Rep. T.W. Shannon of Lawton and former State Senator Randy Brogdon of Owasso will not deliver speeches asking for support in the June 24 Republican Primary, according to Farris.

The candidates, however, will be on hand before and after the fish fry to talk to voters to seek support, he said.

“If people want to come talk to the candidates, they should come early, around 4:30 or 5,” Farris said. “That’s a good opportunity to have face-to-face time.”

Candidates also will likely be available to meet voters when the fish fry concludes, he said.

Also expected to attend are  Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Education Superintendent Janet Barresi and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole. All are seeking re-election this year.

The fish fry begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena.

Individual tickets are $25 and will be sold at the door, Farris said.

He expects a crowd of at least 850, but if the crowd grows to 1,000, there should be enough food

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