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|City prepares for annual Catfish Festival|
Vendor spaces are filling up quickly as the 24th annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival scheduled for April 10 draws near.
The festival, which originated in 1987 as a salute to the area's pond-raised catfish industry, is now known as the largest one-day event of its kind in the state, and annually kicks off the festival season in north Louisiana.
Nearly 300 vendor spaces will be filled with arts and crafts to please most anyone. The booths will be set up in their usual configuration in the downtown area, with many of the vendors in or near their usual spots.
Two music stages are planned with a variety of music, with a return appearance by Christian rock band "33Miles" on the schedule. This highly-acclaimed musical group features Franklin Parish native Jason Barton and will draw another big crowd, as will a number of regional musical acts that should appeal to most anyone.
"We're glad to have Jason and his group back again this year," Price said. "He drew a great crowd last year and we're hoping for the same on April 4th."
Also on the schedule are the "Bluz Boys" from Jackson, Mississippi, known as "The South's Premier Show Band", along with Pocket Full of Rocks and Mason Grenade. A number of other groups from a wide variety of genres are also being considered as festival entertainment.
As always, food remains a headliner at the festival. Thousands of pounds of fresh pond-raised catfish grown will be fried to perfection and available to festival goers, along with a wide variety of treats that will appeal to most any palette.
"There should be something for everyone on the food court again this year," Price said.
"The setup will be somewhat different this year due to the construction of the new parking lot, but most of the food will remain in the same general area.
Other attractions include the antique car show set up on Highway 15 in front of Winnsboro City Hall, as well as the usual climbing walls and bungee jumps. A flower show is also planned for this year's festival, as well as a number of other events to be announced as the festival draws near.
Also on the schedule is a return of the "Adrenaline Jam Tour", an electronic gaming entertainment attraction produced by Interactive Game Experience (IGX) and sponsored by the festival.
This attraction will be housed in the Princess Room and is free to all ticketed visitors to the festival.
The attraction will feature 17 game stations and two 42-inch plasma screens.
Local corporate sponsors for 2010 include Delta Glass and Trim and Franklin Parish Tourism. The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism is also a featured sponsor of this year's festival.
Admission for the day is $3 per person.
For up-to-date information this year's festival, contact the festival office at 435-7607, or visit the festival website at www.franklinparishcatfishfestival.com.