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Vendor Deadline Approaching For Franklin Parish Catfish Festival in Winnsboro

The family-friendly Franklin Parish Catfish Festival will hold its 29th annual celebration in Winnsboro on Saturday, April 11, and arts and crafts vendors are urged to participate in what has become one of the largest one day festivals in the state.

Approximately 275 vendor spaces, both arts and crafts and commercial, are available this year, with an application deadline of February 28. All vendor booths are on the street and line a three block area in Winnsboro’s downtown historic district.

The daylong event features three stages of musical entertainment and plenty of fresh pond-raised fried catfish for the anticipated crowd of 15-20,000 that annually attends the event.Admission is only $5 per person for a day of great entertainment in a family-friendly setting.

Grammy nominee and Louisiana native Jo-el Sonnier headlines this year’s entertainment lineup, which includes Christian artists Newworldson and Jason Crabb, party band Rusty Yates, blues artist Phillip Roebuck, and a number of local and regional acts covering all musical genres.

Other festival highlights include a free video game arcade, an antique car show, quilt show, flower show, inflatable play area, a museum exhibition highlighting the recent Poverty Point worldwide designation, and “Party Like a Princess” interactive live performances throughout the day.

The festival is sponsored annually by the Franklin Parish Tourism Commission, with hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vendor applications can be downloaded here on the website, or one can be obtained by calling (318) 435-7607. Other questions can be directed to festival officials through the festival website here.

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Festival Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm