Sikes, who raised $642, made no catfish bones about it; he really wanted the opportunity to sidle up to the fish at the CRBI Fish Fry.
“I work on the river and we use it weekly, if not three or four times a week, so it’s really important that our water is clean,” Sikes said. “The health of our rivers is paramount.”
Sikes used a raffle for his homemade gas can guitar to surge past Berry College Dean Tom Kennedy, who came in second in the event with $608, was the last in line. Sikes has been making homemade electric guitars from unusual items for the past five years after seeing a video on You Tube.
A last minute surge of support for Davies Homeless Shelter Executive Director Devon Smyth also propelled her onto the stage for a smooch with the fish. Smyth raised $574. She leaned in, then grimaced and turned away. After regaining her composure, Smyth closed her eyes and was able to make quick contact with the fish which was being held, somewhat steadily, by CRBI board member Blair Carter.
The eight contestants raised a little more than $3,000, which was just enough to get CRBI Executive Director Jesse Demonbreun Chapman to participate in the puckering Saturday afternoon.