You Can Enjoy Fresh Oysters in Frederick, Oklahoma

Oklahoma may be a landlocked state, but that hasn’t stopped residents of Frederick, Oklahoma from hosting the annual Oyster Fry. This event is the only opportunity for Oklahoma residents to enjoy fresh oysters from the Gulf Coast without freezing!

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

Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, Screenshot

Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, Screenshot

This year marks the first return of the Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry since the pandemic.

In 2020 and 2021, oyster fries were canceled due to the pandemic. Last year, oyster fries were renamed fish fries due to the limited oyster supply on the Gulf Coast. This year, however, the Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry is back in full force!

The Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry is the annual fundraising event for the Frederick Chamber of Commerce. Welcoming over a thousand visitors each year, Oklahoma is also a great event for seafood lovers!

Fried oysters are 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 named Bramlett Johnson brought a bucket of oysters from the Texas Bay Coast to Manitou, Oklahoma. He fried the muscles and presented it to the school board, which soon began holding an annual oyster fries fundraiser. Southwest won a pearl. Southwest Oklahoma’s Oyster Roast has been made in Manitou, Oklahoma for 30 years. After years of tradition, the festival left the town behind and was taken over by the Frederick Chamber of Commerce.

Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry has 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 Roast Oyster Committee travels to Port Levaca, TX, and fills two broken freezers with 140 gallons of freshly caught oysters. The oysters are ice-packed and immediately brought back to Frederick for breading and frying.

Oyster Fry serves thousands of people each year. Consumers arrive with busloads from all over the country. The recipe for frying oysters has not changed since the 1950s. Fried or raw, there’s plenty to go around. The Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry has no history of oyster extinction.

Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

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

The 2023 Frederick Fantast Oyster Fry will take place on March 4 at the Frederick Prather Brown Cafeteria. A handicraft show will be held at Prather Brown Gymnasium between 11:00 and 18:00, and oyster fries will be served between 15:00 and 18:00. Pre-tickets are $25, and oyster fries are $30 at the door on the day. Meals come with fresh or fried oysters, chips and homemade bread, coleslaw and cocktail dressing.

For more information on the 2023 Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry or how to purchase tickets, contact the Frederick Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126 or [email protected]

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