Berlin Boy Scouts’ yearly tradition has become one of the area’s biggest fish fries

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BERLIN TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – It started back in 1964 in Berlin Township. Now it’s one of the biggest fish fries in the area.

“My dad was the most proud of it, turning it into a community event, not just a fish fry for the Boy Scouts,” said Dave Kochert, one of the organizers of the Boy Scout Troop 71 fish fry.

He is carrying on a 55-year-old tradition his dad and a friend helped start after coming home from the Korean War.

The 12-member troop gets help from a lot of people for the annual Good Friday tradition.

“This fish fry could not take place without the help we get from our community,” Kochert said. “We have 4-H, we have Junior Fair Board, we have honor students, we have people that need service projects. They all come out to help and actually, in a strange way, I think everyone enjoys doing this. It’s a heck of a day and an all-day event.”

They fry 1,200 pounds of fish to feed 1,300 people in just three hours.

But it’s the lessons learned that last a lifetime.

“If you got a good Boy Scout and a good student, you got a good guy,” Kochert said.

The Scouts hope to have raised over $4,000 from this fish fry.

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