WINCHESTER – There’s little doubt now that North Dundas Parade of Lights attendees had a hankering for french fries.

Thanks to 850 pounds of potatoes washed and sliced up just right, the Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee made off with $3,000 at the end of the day Sat., Dec. 2.

The Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee lured in $3,000 thanks to the Fries for Charity wagon parked at Sweet Corner Park on North Dundas Parade of Lights day Sat., Dec. 2. Committee member Gary Annable, now easing into retirement, found a new task as he fried up the day’s feast.

“It is safe to say that was an unexpected amount,” committee member Owen Shortt said. “We sold out just after the parade… It couldn’t have been any better timing.”

Bev Shortt dished out the spuds to the hungry masses. Press Photos – Uhrig

Winchester Foodland provided the day’s spuds, and they hit the fry oil in the Fries for Charity wagon. It’s the undertaking of Al and Judy Graham, former owners of Metcalfe’s AJ’s Catering, and it was Al who wheeled the wagon into its spot at Sweet Corner Park on parade day.

Serving up french fries seems like a simple enough concept, but it’s a team effort to get the job done and raise funds for the cause of the day. W.O. Stinson and Son supplied the propane, Stagra Automotive bought the fry oil, and Nepean Building Supplies chipped in for the fry boxes and condiments. Making sure the job was done with full coverage was S.A. Hicks Insurance.

With all that help in the background, the fries are purchased by donation and all funds tallied at the day’s end go to the charitable recipient.

Shortt noted that latest surge of funds will help the committee continue beautification efforts throughout Winchester.

“We’ve got ideas for a bunch of other stuff,” he said. “Garbage receptacles might be one of them, given all that was left on the ground after the parade.”