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In compliance with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ ban of large gatherings, it is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Franklin Parish Catfish Festival.

The ban on gatherings exceeding 250 people was put in place on Friday, March 13, in an attempt to slow the spread of the new Coronavirus.

“This one really hurts,” Festival Director Paul Price, Jr. said, “especially considering last year’s weather-related cancellation. Of course, the health of our community and the thousands of vendors and visitors who attend the festival each year is top priority and we must abide by state, national, and local guidelines.”

Price added that vendor fees would be reimbursed, and that there are no plans to reschedule the festival.