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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Friday, April 27, 2018

World's Largest Art Kvamme Memorial Smelt Fry

05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Brooklyn Park Lions members serving up fried smelt to people in line

Community Activity Center
5600 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN , 55443


Brooklyn Park Lions annual "world's largest" all you can eat smelt fry.

Come and enjoy all the lightly breaded and deep fried smelt you care to eat at the longest running social event in Brooklyn Park.


Meal includes one serving of:

  • Fresh coleslaw
  • Beans
  • Chips
  • Dinner roll
  • Pop, milk or water (beer available for an additional cost)
  • All the delicious breaded and unlimited deep fried smelt


Advanced tickets are available at:

  • Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N
  • Godfather's Pizza, 7450 Unity Ave. N.
  • Any Brooklyn Park Lions member
Type Price
Adult in advance $11
Adult at door $13
Children (12 and under) $6


Honoring Art Kvamme

The event is in honor of Lion Art Kvamme, a longtime resident of Brooklyn Park and the original organizer of the BP Lions Smelt Fry event. Lion Art was 94 at the time of his death on February 1, 2018 and participated in every BP Lions Smelt Fry event. He was mayor of Brooklyn Park from 1963 to 1964. Art was a charter member of the Brooklyn Park Lions for 56 years. He was a recipient of the John Lutter and Melvin Jones Awards which are the highest achievable within the Lions Club. Art, who traveled for his work in the steel building business, copied the idea for the fundraiser from an event he went to in the early 1960s on Minnesota Point in Duluth. Art brought the idea back to the relatively new Brooklyn Park Lions group, which was looking for projects, and he knew it would become a big event. 


Proceeds provide free eyeglasses for children in need in Brooklyn Park and support many other local, national and worldwide charitable causes. The Brooklyn Park Lions donate to Avenues for Youth, after-school and special needs programs, recreation and park programs, Kids Safety Camp, CEAP and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

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