Guests enjoy the food being served at a previous Denizens of the Deep event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 5, at Rotary’s Camp Florida beginning at 11 a.m.

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What do live music, a castle, a zoo and over a half ton of food have in common?  They’re all a part of the 18th annual Denizens of the Deep Southern Family Fish Fry being held Saturday, November 5, at Rotary’s Camp Florida, located at 1915 Camp Florida Rd. in Brandon, north of S.R. 60 off Lakewood Dr.  All the fun begins at 11 a.m. and rocks on until 4 p.m.
Denizens is a perfect opportunity to have a great time with family and friends, eat some great food and support worthy local charities in the process. For the members of Brandon ’86 Rotary, Denizens is a time to work hard to raise money for those charities.
Ron Shillady, board member of Rotary Brandon ’86, is coordinating this year’s event.  Shillady said, “This will be our 18th Denizens event held at Rotary’s Camp Florida. One of our goals is to enlist local Brandon businesses to participate with their sponsorships. This gives them recognition as well as provides money for our charities. It’s hard work for our members, but we have dedicated members that happen to be great people.”
The event is an all-you-can-eat of delicious fish, shrimp, hush puppies, sausage and more.  Beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea are also included.  While adults are enjoying the live music, children have games and events galore in the kid’s area, including a two-story bouncy castle and separate bouncy slide all under the watchful supervision of Brandon Y volunteers.
The cost is $25 per adult, $10 for children, ages 13-18, and children 12 and under get in free with a donation of one can of food, per child, for the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO). In response to current economic difficulties, prices have been reduced from last year.
Great food and fun with family and friends, Denizens of the Deep has become one of the don’t miss events of the year and ranks as one of Brandon’s largest charitable fundraisers.  For more information and directions, please call (863) 670-0410.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.