YORK -- York's Cougars will have quite the fish tale to share if all goes well this weekend.
The York Comprehensive High School band hopes to break the world record for most fish plates served in a single day. Band members will try to reel in the honor this weekend during the band's annual fish fry fundraiser.
Band director Craig Davis said the band aims to eclipse the mark of 3,000 plates when the band event takes place Saturday and Sunday.
The record must be set in a single day, and Davis believes Saturday will be the band's best chance. In previous years, the band has unofficially sold as many as 8,200 plates in a weekend.
"I think with the history of the fish fry here, it's very attainable," Davis said. "The community really turns out for this."
The money raised will help pay for the band to take its annual trip. This year, the Cougar band hopes to raise money for a trip to play in the 2009 Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia.
Davis said the idea to go fishing for a new record came up last fall. During another fund-raiser, a former band parent said she recently saw a television program that mentioned the record for fish plates served in a single day. Davis thought setting a new mark would energize his students and increase sales this weekend.
"We said, 'Hey, this is a record we actually have a good shot at,'" he said. "Who knows, maybe we'll end up in a book or mentioned on TV if we do it."
Davis and parent volunteers researched the record and planned to officially document the sales. According to Guinness World Records, the organization that publishes the Guinness Book of World Records, the band will have to follow all the contest rules and send documentation to London to be judged.
If the band sets a new mark, it will be notified in about six weeks.
Charles Plemmons, a York resident who has organized the annual fish fry for 29 years, said it will take a busy day to reach the mark. But he thinks it's possible.
Plemmons said he begins preparing for the event two weeks ahead of time. Each fish plate will include fish fillets, hushpuppies, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce.
"It's the band parents, students and community who make this stuff happen," Plemmons said. "If it wasn't for the fish fry, a lot of these kids wouldn't get the chance to get out of York County and see new places."
Of course, if they set a new record, the rest of world will be looking at these York County musicians.
Take a look at what it will take to reach the goal:
-- More than 3,000 pounds of fish
-- 400 pounds of flour
-- 400 pounds of hush puppy mix
-- 12 deep fryers
-- 30 buckets of coleslaw
WANT TO GO?
-- What: York Comprehensive High School band annual fish fry
-- Where: York Comprehensive cafeteria
-- When: 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday
-- Cost: $8 per plate for adults; $4 per plate for children ages 5 to 10; children younger than 5 get in free
-- Tickets: On sale in advance from band members, at the school or at the door