Summer traditions from funnel cakes to carnival rides are in full swing this weekend at the 64th annual Lions Fish Fry & Carnival.
Families filled Costa Mesa's Lions Park on Saturday for the fundraiser, which included the famous $10 fish dinner, raffles, live music and games.
Mike Scheafer, Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club board member and Fish Fry chairman, said 10,000 to 15,000 people were expected over the course of the weekend event, which continues Sunday.
"This is the biggest community event in Costa Mesa," Scheafer said. "It's been here the longest. And the fish is good."
Scheafer said he expected to serve 850 pounds of Alaskan cod and 500 pounds of French fries by the end of the weekend. He said only two people know the top-secret batter recipe that covers the fish, which is served with coleslaw and fries, so special.