The St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce will hold their 57th Annual Free Fishermen’s Breakfast May 25.
It is held each year on the Friday before Memorial Day to welcome fisherman back to St. Anthony, which is traditionally the first official day of fishing season. Harry Halkar, the event’s coordinator, said the event will cater to 4,000 people. Everyone, especially students, are welcome to attend the breakfast, which Halkar said will be held from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
While waiting in line, people may visit booths that contain items donated by local businesses. Some of the booths carry souvenirs such as hats or shirts, while others will hold raffles for prizes such as a cooler full of goodies. One such booth that will hold a raffle is the booth for the Family Crisis Center.
They will raffle items that have been donated by local businesses, like fishing poles and Jamba Juice gift cards.
“Because the Family Crisis Center is a non-profit organization, this is one of the few ways that we can get funds,” said Stephanie Hawkins, an alumna from BYU-I with a degree in social work, who has been interning with the center this semester.
“I love the Family Crisis Center. It is a great place for any family that is in need.” Not all the booths at the breakfast are within easy access. Some are outside of the park.
“Because we want this to be a free event, some of the booths that are holding raffles or selling other things will be just outside of the park,” Halkar said. He said he wants the event to seem friendly and open. To help the event keep this feel, 25–30 booths will be just outside the park.
“About 60 years ago, some of the local businesses, you know gas stations and such, started giving out free doughnuts on the Friday before Memorial Day,” Halkar said.
“From there it just kind of progressed until it is like it is today, with pancakes, sausage and soft drinks,” Halkar said. He said that some of the people who will prepare the pancake batter this weekend have been doing so since the 1970s.
Halkar said many different kinds of community members contribute to preparing for this event. Some of the set is done by the kids from the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections just south of St. Anthony.
“The fisherman’s breakfast is awesome,” Hawkins said. “It’s free food. You can’t argue with free food.” The fisherman’s breakfast will take place in Clyde Keefer Memorial Park, which is about 20 minutes away from Rexburg.
“The event is a great place to start for a weekend in Island Park,” Halkar said.