Oklahoma may be a landlocked state, but that hasn't stopped the residents of Frederick, Oklahoma, from hosting its annual Oyster Fry. This event is the only opportunity Oklahomans can enjoy fresh oysters from the Gulf Coast without being frozen!

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The Frederick Chamber of Commerce just announced that they will be bringing back the annual Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry!

Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, Screenshot
Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, Screenshot

This is year is the first year back of the Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry since the pandemic.

In 2020 and 2021, the oyster fry was canceled due to the pandemic. Last year, the oyster fry was changed to a fish fry due to the limited supply of oysters in the Gulf Coast. But this year, the Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry is back in full force!

The Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry is the annual fundraiser for the Frederick Chamber of Commerce. It's also a great event for Oklahoma sea food lovers as the event sees over a thousand visitors every year!

The oyster fry is also a longstanding tradition in the Frederick community. Below is the history of the oyster fry from the Frederick Chamber of Commerce website:

In 1952, a man by the name of Bramlett Johnson brought a bucket of oysters from the Gulf Coast of Texas to Manitou, Oklahoma. He fried up the muscles and served them to the school board, who soon after began holding an annual oyster fry fundraiser. The southwest gained a pearl. The Oyster Fry of southwest Oklahoma was held in Manitou, Oklahoma for 30 years. After years of tradition, the festival outgrew the town and was picked up by the Frederick Chamber of Commerce.

The Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry has now occupied the small town for over 31 years. Frederick sits just 20 miles north of the Red River, the great divider of Oklahoma and Texas. Each year this river is crossed the day before the event. A member of the Oyster Fry Committee drives down to Port Levaca, TX and loads two broken down deep freezers with 140 gallons of freshly caught oysters. The oysters are packed in ice and immediately brought back to Frederick for breading and frying.

The Oyster Fry serves thousands of people each year. Consumers come by bus load from all over the country. The recipe for frying up oysters has not changed since the 1950s. Whether fried or raw, there’s plenty to go around. The Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry has no history of running out of oysters.

Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook
Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Mark your calendars for the Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry on March 4!

The 2023 Frederick Fantast Oyster Fry will take place March 4 at the Frederick Prather Brown Cafeteria. The craft show will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Prather Brown Gym, and the oyster fry will serve from 3-6 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $25, and for $30 at the door the day of the oyster fry. Meals come with fresh or fried oysters, chips and homemade bread, coleslaw and cocktail sauce.

For more information regarding the 2023 Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry or how to purchase tickets, contact the Frederick Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126 or frederickcc@pldi.net.

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