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|Saints heroes to appear at Franklin Parish Catfish Festival|
Two members of the New Orleans Saints who played pivotal roles in their team's post-season success are scheduled to make an appearance at the 24th annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival on April 10th.
Defensive back Tracy Porter and placekicker Garrett Hartley will make a joint appearance at the festival held in historic downtown Winnsboro.
"Needless to say, we're very excited to have these two guys with us this year," said Festival Director Paul Price Jr. "They played key roles in the Saintsí success this year and having them in Winnsboro is certainly big news for the festival."
Plans for the two have yet to be finalized but include appearances on both music stages, as well as time for photographs and autographs with festival-goers. A schedule of events for the two Saints players will be posted on both the festival website and Facebook fan page as soon as it becomes available.
Hartley, a rookie placekicker, set a Super Bowl record of three field goals over 40 yards, but cemented his name in Saints lore when he kicked the game-winning 40-yard field goal in overtime in the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings.
His kick earned the Saints their first trip to the Super Bowl and set the Saints Nation into a frenzy for the two weeks prior to the game in Miami on February 7th.
In Super Bowl XLIV, it was Porterís turn to become a Saints legend. The second-year cornerback from Port Allen picked off a Peyton Manning pass late in the fourth quarter and returned it for 70 yards for the clinching touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.
Porter's interception set off a celebration throughout the state and across the Gulf South that is ongoing to this day.
Porter also played a key role in the NFC title game against Minnesota. Midway through the fourth quarter with Viking quarterback Brett Favre driving towards a score, Porter punched the ball out of the hands of Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian, and the fumble was recovered by the Saints, thus stopping the drive.
Later, with less than a minute left in regulation and the Vikings within range of a game-winning field goal attempt, Porter intercepted a Favre pass that sent the game into overtime and set up Hartleyís heroics.
The Franklin Parish Catfish Festival started in 1987 and has grown to become the largest one-day festival in the state of Louisiana. Admission to the family-friendly event is $3 per person, and proceeds from the festival are reinvested into the community through community projects, scholarships, and other community-related endeavors.