|Crafts, food, big part of festival|
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During the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival April 12, downtown Winnsboro will be converted into a shopper's paradise.
Everything from the traditional to the unusual will be included in the arts and crafts show and food selections at the 22nd annual festival.
Close to 300 booths have been reserved for this year's event, including arts, crafts, commercial exhibitors and food vendors.
In addition to these, there will be an antique car show on the grounds, an antique tractor display and a flower show in the Princess Room.
"In the crafting line, we have a lot of old favorites returning, along with some brand new folks," said festival chairman Paul Price Jr.
In addition to displaying and selling their wares, several crafts exhibitors will demonstrate their talents -- including the always popular "Wayra," a musician who plays wind pipes throughout the day.
Clothing and accessories will include bright tye-dye wear, T-shirts, cloth purses along with custom-made hair bows and more.
There will be several jewelry vendors and those offering the "spa treatment," including bath salts, lotions and other products available.
Crafts items such as woodwork, furnishings, leather goods, custom framing, needlework, candles, quilts, toys, wreaths, handpainted saw blades, ceramics, wind chimes and other home decor will be featured.
On the food front, there will be a variety of baked goods, candies, gourmet idems and other treats scattered along the festival grounds.
A variety of items for the lawn and garden will be available, including planters, 911 address signs, plants and flowers and more.
The LifeShare donor bus will be on hand for those interested in taking the opportunity to give the gift of life.
Booths are coming from across the United States, including Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee.
In the food court area, the star of the day will once again be farm-raised fried catfish with all the trimmings. Three local churches -- First Baptist Winnsboro, Temple Baptist and First United Methodist -- along with Haring's Pride Catfish will be preparing the fried fish plates throughout the day.
"And, or course, there will be all sorts of other food items ranging from the wildly popular funnel cakes to food items on a stick ranging from alligator and shrimp to sausage and chicken," Price said.
"If you want an Italian sausage sandwich, a boudain ball, a turkey leg, some barbeque, ice cream, or lemonade, come to the Catfish Festival."