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Because of the threat of severe weather in the region this weekend, the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival in Winnsboro scheduled for Saturday, April 13, has been cancelled.

“We are as disappointed as everyone else, but after consultations with the National Weather Service and other officials during the week, the festival board felt this was the right decision,” said Paul Price Jr., Festival Director. “Out of an abundance of caution, the potential threat for public safety was something we simply couldn’t ignore.”

This marks the first time the festival has been cancelled for any reason since its inception in 1987. This year’s event will not be rescheduled.

“Up until last year, the festival enjoyed 30-plus years of dry weather on the second Saturday in April,” Price said. “We’ve had a pretty good run in that regard, and hope to start a new streak next year.”

Vendor refunds will be mailed as soon as possible.