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|Catfish Festival set for April 12|
April 12 will mark the 22nd edition of the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival, and festival organizers are hoping for yet another successful run of the state's largest one day festival.
The family-friendly event will be held on the streets of downtown Winnsboro starting at 8 a.m. A good weather day will bring crowds in excess of 15,000, with activities geared toward the whole family.
According to festival director Paul Price Jr., this year's festival will feature the usual variety of events that people look forward to each year, along with a few new wrinkles.
"Three music stages are being planned, and the entertainment schedule is currently being finalized," Price said. "A full day of music is planned on the two main stages at the Council on Aging Building and Patriot Square, with a third stage planned behind the old Winnsboro post office."
The festival entertainment lineup hasn't been finalized, but one of the groups planning to appear is the Grammy and Dove-nominated Christian group 33Miles, featuring Gilbert native Jason Barton.
As always, food will share the headline for this year's festival, with a large "food court" set up on the parking lot in downtown Winnsboro behind the Princess Theatre.
The usual array of arts and craft booth spaces are filling up again this year with something to please most anyone. The booths will be set up in their usual configuration on Prairie, Common, Adams, and Locust Streets in the downtown area, with many of the vendors in or near their usual spots.
"Booth spaces are still available but are going fast," Price said. "Those interested in participating at this year's festival are urged to send in their application as soon as possible."
Applications may be downloaded from the festival website, www.franklinparishcatfishfestival.com.
Other attractions include the antique car show and the antique tractor show which will be set up on Highway 15 in front of Winnsboro City Hall, along with a petting zoo sponsored by the LSU Agcenter.
New this year will be a fishing tank for children, which will allow kids the opportunity to "catch and release" fish in a supervised and educational setting.
Also along the fishing line will be a return appearance of the "Travelin' Fish Tank", a 12-foot tall, 40-foot long glass mobile aquarium stocked with fish.
Baskin Baptist Church will again sponsor the "Children's Area", which is always a big hit for the younger crowd attending this year's festival.
Local corporate sponsors for 2008 include Progressive Bank and Franklin Parish Tourism. The Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism is also a featured sponsor of this year's event.
For more information , contact the festival office at 435-7607.