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Fryday the 13th

Have yourself a very greasy and delicious Friday the 13th.

In recognition of tomorrow’s National French Fry Day, UWF will have a special dining experience available for you carb lovers in their all-you-care-to-eat dining facility in the Nautilus Market.

“This is the second year we’ve recognized National French Fry Day,” said marketing manager, Malerie Shelton. “We wanted to create a time for our guests to enjoy a happy dining experience and an excuse to indulge without feeling guilty.”

From 5 to 7 p.m. you can dine on fries with all the fixins including: chili, cheese sauce, bacon bits, sour cream, green onions, ranch and a few specialty condiments. The Nautilus Market will also be serving summer cookout favorites such as barbeque chicken, chicken fries and Dagwood sandwiches.

As for Shelton, she likes her fries “smothered.”

“Although I have been on a sweet potato fry kick lately, I have to admit I am no healthy eater when it comes to fries,” she said. “I’m all about the curly ones, smothered in chili and cheese.”

Even though the student population thins out during the summer months, UWF still has hungry mouths to feed.

“In years past, we have progressively seen an increase in traffic through the Nautilus Market,” Shelton said. “In addition to the meal plan students, we feed a host of different summer camps such as Argo Adventure, National Cheerleading Association and other athletic groups. Just a few weeks ago we fed a group of Criminal Justice students from Scotland who visited UWF for two weeks.”

And honestly, when you’re stuck at school during the summer it’s nice to know you can still enjoy National French Fry Day.

“Who doesn’t love French fries?” Shelton said. “There are a million different ways to serve them, straight, crinkled, curled or wedged. And with summer in full swing, piled alongside barbeque chicken and a glass of lemonade, fries make the perfect addition.”

Even if you’re not at UWF, you can still celebrate. Head to Hopjacks — winner of 2011 Best of the Coast for best french fries — for their Belgian fries. And you can’t go wrong scarfing up fries at last year’ BOC finalists which were: Jerry’s Drive-In, Surf Burger and Five Guys.

These are French fries by the way, not “freedom fries.” Although Shelton doesn’t care too much what you call them.

“I think with everything being so political these days, whether you choose to call them freedom fries or French fries, all parties can agree they are a delicious, guilty pleasure,” she said.

NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY AY UWF

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday, July 13

WHERE: 11000 University Pkwy. Building 22

COST: $8.25

DETAILS: 474-3198