World's Biggest Fish Fry

World's Biggest Fish Fry

Last full week in April
A spring festival in Paris, Tenn., the World's Biggest Fish Fry makes use of the catfish in nearby Kentucky Lake. The fish fry began in 1954, and by the next year more than 1,600 pounds of catfish were served. Now, some 13,000 pounds of catfish are cooked, and about 100,000 people show up in this town of 10,000 to eat, fish, and look around.
Events include a car show, arts and crafts exhibits, a two-hour parade and a smaller Small Fry Parade, and the coronation of a Queen of the Tennessee Valley and a Junior King and Queen. In the Fishing Rodeo, prizes are awarded for the biggest bass and biggest crappie, which must be caught in Kentucky Lake using legal sport equipment. Besides fried fish to eat, there are hush puppies, small deep-fat fried corn meal balls; some say these were originally made and tossed to puppies to keep them from begging while meals were being prepared.
CONTACTS:
Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 8
Paris, TN 38242
800-345-1103 or 731-642-3431; fax: 731-642-3454
www.paris.tn.org
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 178
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