Catfish and music are two staples of Louisiana living, and both will be on full display at the 31st Annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 8, in historic downtown Winnsboro. The daylong event features some 300 vendor booths, along with three stages of musical entertainment and plenty of fresh pond-raised fried catfish for the thousands that annually attend the festival.
Admission to the festival, which runs from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., is only $5 per person, and will allow festival goers to enjoy top notch entertainment throughout the day, including an afternoon appearance by legendary country musician Joe Diffie. A full entertainment schedule and other festival details can be found at the festival website, www.FranklinParishCatfishFestival.com
Other festival highlights include an antique car show that should take up much of Highway 15, along with a quilt show at the library learning center. Also, a large area of inflatables for the younger set just east of the Council on Aging building. The festival is also sponsoring the “Flood of ‘27” Exhibit at the Old Post Office Museum that will highlight the local impact of the historic flood that occurred 90 years ago.
Four fish frying booths should serve in excess of 4,000 pounds of some of the best fried catfish and trimmings that Franklin Parish has to offer. Local groups frying fish include the Winnsboro First United Methodist Church Youth, Life Church, River of Life Church and Haring’s Pride.
The major sponsor of this year’s festival is the Franklin Parish Tourism Commission. Franklin State Bank will be the lead sponsor on the “Old Glory Stage” this year, and Entergy will be the main sponsor for the stage at the Council on Aging Building.
Other corporate sponsors include the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Kevin Cobb, Franklin Medical Center, Louisiana Land Bank, Citizens Progressive Bank, Progressive Bank, Winnsboro State Bank and NewWave Communications. In addition, Geaux Fit of Winnsboro will sponsor the annual “Catfish Classic 5-K” on Saturday, April 1st.
Proceeds from the festival are put back into the community and are used for various projects throughout Franklin Parish during the year.