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Deana Carter to headline at Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Country music star Deana Carter will headline the annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival scheduled for April 12 in Winnsboro.
According to festival director Paul Price Jr., Carter’s appearance will cap off an outstanding lineup of musical acts scheduled for this year’s festival, which will be held for the 28th consecutive year in historic downtown Winnsboro.
“We’re pretty excited with the musical lineup this year,” Price said. “We’ll have three all day music stages, and the musical acts tend to draw a lot of people to the festival. Plans are falling into place for what we hope is yet another successful run on April 12th.”
Admission to the festival is $5 per person, and proceeds are put back into the community throughout the year in a variety of ways, including scholarships for parish college-bound students, as well as for worthwhile community endeavors. In addition, the crowd generated by the festival is used by a number of parish non-profits as a fundraising opportunity.
Also on the music schedule is the popular Newworldson, a Canadian gospel quartet whose signature sound of inspirational lyrics and an eclectic blend of 60’s soul, funk, rock and gospel, will generate a live show that can't be missed.
Also scheduled is the ever popular Leroy Marshall – known in this area as L. C. Smoove - as well as the high energy “Blues Boyz” from Jackson, Mississippi, who will make a return engagement to the festival with their outstanding dance band repertoire featuring a solid horn section.
In addition, Christian entertainer Michael English and his southern gospel sound is also on this year’s schedule, as well as a number of local and regional artists including Mike McKenzie, Gene King and the Franklin Opry Band, Lainey Wilson, Angel McLemore, Lil Nate and others.
“There will definitely be something for everyone at this year’s festival,” said festival entertainment coordinator Nathan Roberts. “We’ve got it all, from a Grammy-nominated country artist with a local connection to gospel groups to rock and roll to funk; it’s a great lineup, and folks of all ages should be able to hear some sounds they really like.”
Schedules have yet to be released by the festival, but they will be posted on the festival website and publicized through news releases and social media once they are determined.
Deana Carter is the daughter of the late studio guitarist and producer Fred Carter, Jr. of Winnsboro, who influenced his daughter’s career through his work with artists such as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings and Simon and Garfunkel.
Deana’s brother Jeff, who grew up in Winnsboro, will be part of the band performing when she takes the stage. Deana Carter took the country music industry by storm with her wildly successful multi-platinum international debut “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” more than a decade ago.
The album was anchored by the super hit ” Strawberry Wine”, which was voted the CMA Single of the Year in 1998, and propelled her to a Grammy nomination for Best Country Music Vocal Performance that same year.
Deana was also a co-writer of “You and Tequila”, which was nominated as CMA’s “Song of the Year” in 2011, and received two Grammy nods, notably the coveted “Song of the Year” in 2012. The song also received a nomination as ACM’s “Song of the Year”
Newworldson were formed in 2006 and within a short time found themselves winning awards and playing with some of the genre's titans. The band's unique sound earned them awards as Best New Artist and Roots/Folk Album of the Year at the Gospel Music Awards in Canada, as well as an opening slot of Christian music giants Newsboys on that group's 2007-2008 tour.
In 2012, Newworldson released their fourth album "Rebel Transmission", which cracked iTunes top ten for Christian/Gospel/Inspirational albums in the US and Canada, and scored another top-three single with "Learning To Be The Light", a song that remained on US Christian radio charts for nearly a year.
"Rebel Transmission" received critical acclaim for "its willingness to take its music down musical avenues not commonly traveled by artists of faith.”
Registration for 2014 Catfish Cookoff starts
The ever-popular “Catfish Cookoff” will again be a part of the annual “Taste of Franklin” scheduled for Tuesday, March 18.
This year’s event will be held at 6 p.m. at the River of Life Church in Winnsboro, and is sponsored by the Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival, along with the Franklin Parish Tourism Commission.
According to Festival Director Paul Price Jr., entrants in the “Cookoff” are now being accepted.
“We’ve had a lot of fun with this event the last eight years, and it serves as a great kickoff event for the festival scheduled for April 12,” Price said. “We’ve got some great cooks in our part of the world, and many of the past recipes using our famous pond-raised catfish have been outstanding.”
Entry in either category is open to anyone living in or working in Franklin Parish, and will be limited to the first 12 entrants.
The Catfish Festival will provide five pounds of Louisiana pond-raised catfish for each entrant. All recipes must be prepared off-site and brought ready to serve.
Those purchasing a ticket for the Taste of Franklin will be among those able to sample each of the entered recipes.
Contest judges will sample all entries and award first, second, and third place plaques. In addition, the first place winner in each category will receive $200, second place $100, and third place $50.
“The Taste of Franklin is an ‘all you can taste’ event with a limited number of tickets available, and we’re happy to be a partner with the Chamber in this event,” Price said. “These combined events are a great showcase for our local businesses and for the Catfish Festival.”
Contestants in the “Catfish Cookoff” should contact Price at 435-4105. Entry deadline is Friday, March 14.
Contest guidelines and entry forms may also be downloaded from the festival website here.
2014 Festival Vendor Applications now available
Greetings from the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival! We have posted online the vendor applications for our 28th annual event scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014, on the streets of downtown Winnsboro.
We hope you will consider being a part of this year’s festival, which drew in excess of 18,000 visitors last year to what’s known as the largest one-day festival in Louisiana!
Please visit this site often to keep up with preparations as well as our entertainment lineup.
Remember: All food vendor applications are due no later than December 15, 2013. All other applications are due by March 1, 2014.
If you have any questions regarding this application, please leave a voicemail at (318) 435-7607. Preferably, you may contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email inquiries always result in the quickest response to questions regarding the festival.
As always, thank you for your interest in our festival. We hope to hear from you soon, and hope you’ll want to be a part of the 28th annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival!
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