NEW BOSTON - A three-day celebration Aug. 25-27 will be held in New Boston, sponsored by the city of New Boston, with a carnival, live music and plenty of food and fun.

The New Boston fish fry started in 1921 as a thank you to community members, after a heroic effort was made to save Bay Island farmland and downtown New Boston from a flooding Mississippi River. The following year another levee break was threatened by floodwaters and another “thank you fish fry” was held after the community again responded.

This became the backdrop for an annual “end of August,” event which is celebrating its 96th year Friday through Sunday.

“We hope to make it to 100,” said New Boston City Clerk Karen Bedford.

What started as a fish fry has turned into a fish and chicken fry. The city even has a queen and princess contest, with the winner named by whoever sells the most tickets to Saturday's dinner. Dinner is served beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Pre-purchased meal price is $11, with a $12 fee on the day of the meal.

Queen candidates are Gracie Carle, daughter of Jenny and Bill Carle III, and Jordan DeFrieze, daughter of Mark and Katrina DeFreieze. Princess candidates are Abby Lance, daughter of Paula and Kevin Lance; Avionna Coppola, daughter of Paul and Kim Coppola; Josie Green, daughter of Brad and Jenny Green; and Livia Mitchell, daughter of Melissa Mitchell.

Saturday starts with a parade at 10 a.m., carnival at 11 a.m.; horseshoe tournament at noon (registration at 11 a.m.), Fish and chicken served from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., band Night Live from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; tractor pull at 1 p.m., kids’ games at 2 p.m., street dance with Cross Roads 2.0 from 7-10 p.m. There will also be fireworks at dusk.

Sunday's events include church in the park at 10 a.m., carnival opens at 11 a.m., pork chop sandwiches served by the baseball association from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Terrill Sisters perform at 12:30 p.m. There will also be face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon animals from 2-4 p.m.

Proceeds from the events will go toward city improvements. In the past the city has used funds to plant trees, improve the riverfront and the campground. Proceeds also go towards community events such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter and for the city's fitness center.

"We try to involve the community as much as we can," said Bedford.