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Catfish Festival brings big crowd once again

The Franklin Sun
April 12, 2017

The 31st annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival held true to tradition, bringing thousands to downtown Winnsboro for the one-day event which offers top entertainment to the Franklin Parish community.

Headliner Joe Diffie, Mark Lowry and the largest car show to date, with 108 entries, added to the event’s success.

Festival Director Paul Price said the crowd size was estimated at around 17,000, which is close to that of last year’s 30th anniversary festival.

“Anytime you can bring that many people to and from the festival safely during a nine-hour span, you’ve got to feel pretty good about the outcome,” he said.

“We really appreciate Chief George Wilhite and Tammy Free of the Winnsboro Police Department for all that they did to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies for a strong showing at the festival. Sheriff Kevin Cobb and his staff were also very visible throughout the day, and that really helped with keeping trouble to a minimum,” Price said.

“We’re very appreciate of City Superintendent Phillip Robinson and his crew; they put in a couple of long days and we certainly couldn’t have done it without their assistance,” Price added referring to the cooperation of the City of Winnsboro.

The festival also involves hundreds of volunteer hours from people and organizations throughout the Franklin Parish community. Proceeds are used to support community endeavors.

“The proceeds from the festival are put right back into our community in many ways, and the dollars raised by the churches and other non-profits that take advantage of the big crowd go a long way to fund their various activities throughout the year,” Price noted. 

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