The Richmond Masonic Lodge Building Association is sponsoring a Rocky Mountain oyster and fish fry this Saturday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagleton Center, located at the Ray County Fairgrounds in Richmond.
The event is a fundraiser to help pay for construction of a new lodge building on Clark Street, across from the Ray County Veterans Memorial Building.
The land was donated by the Richmond Shrine Club and “made buildable” through donations of property and labor.
The cost for the 40 ft. x 100 ft. building is estimated to come in around $145,000 to $150,000, according to Ron White, lodge president.
“We’re using all the local people we can,” White said. “The building will be handicapped accessible and similar to the VFW building, but smaller. It’ll be good for small groups to schedule for functions.”
The building will commence in phases, beginning with the concrete work as soon as weather permits.
“We have enough money to pour the concrete and put up the shell. We’ll also be able to do some partial wiring and partial HVAC work,” said White. “Then we’ll have more fundraisers and hope we’ll have it done in several months.”
The Rocky Mountain oysters were donated by area veterinarians and local farmers, White said. He The Rocky Mountain oysters were donated by area veterinarians and local farmers, White said. He explained that Rocky Mountain oysters specifies beef, whereas mountain oysters are pork. White catfish fillets will also be sold.
White also said donations were being taken for tickets to win $400 worth of groceries from Richmond Apple Market. The tickets will be available this Saturday and the drawing will be held on Apr. 1. A second prize, a Kitchen Aid mixer, will also be given.
Currently, the Richmond Masonic Lodge is meeting in the IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows) building on West Main Street in Richmond.
A donation of $7 for adults, $5 for children is requested. The Eagleton Center is located at 1015 W. Royle Street in Richmond.