If you have a “hankering” for some fried fish, plan on an April visit to Paris. Paris, Tennessee is the home of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Festival. Events organizers and cooks baste and fry over five tones of catfish each year during the six-day festival. A full slate of activities is scheduled to entertain and entice visitors to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Festival. The event is held near the end of April each year, and is hosted by the Paris and Henry County Jaycees Club. The local fairground complex is utilized for the many exciting events planned for the festival each year. The Krider Performing Arts Center is also used for the festival pageant and other related events during the weeklong fish fry event.
A whole lot of fun is in store for visitors to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Festival. Concession stands do offer traditional fair type food for those who are not all that into catfish. Musical performers, country dancing, carnival rides, rodeos, craft show, parades, fishing rodeo, and horse and mule contests are all popular activities each year.
Many of the activities are outdoors, and don’t cancel unless there is a storm with lightening. Visitors come for the fish, and stay for a good time. Even though the World’s Biggest Fish Fry is held at a fairground, it is really a very clean atmosphere. Nearly all of the workers are volunteers for the local Jaycees club, and work very hard to create a family style and safe atmosphere. This event has been an ongoing fundraiser, and highly anticipated festival in the Paris region for over fifty years.
The first evening of the festival offers an evening of dancing and live music at the Henry County Fairground Pavilion. The two-hour dance creates a very romantic atmosphere with lighting and decorations. The carnival rides are of course a huge hit with the children and teenagers. Armband rides prices are typical of general midway prices. For a fee of about $20, riders can enjoy all the high flying and spinning contraptions at the festival.
The fish tent is the busiest booth at the large festival. While waiting in line is to be expected during peak dining times, the cooks move the hungry folks through rapidly. Service with a smile can definitely be expected at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry in Tennessee.
Rodeo fans will enjoy the rousing IPRA bunking broncos and steer roping at the festival rodeo. A junior fishing rodeo is held at the nearby Williams Lake. The fishing derby offers a great family activity, with ample space along the picturesque lake for all who wish to participate. A car show and arts and crafts show and display are also highly anticipated aspects of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry.
A junior rodeo takes place in the downtown section of Paris, and allows youth participants to hone their skills, while enjoying the accolades of a large crowd. The Hostess Princess Pageant is also a special feature of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry and is open to girls up to the age of 18.
The World’s Biggest Fish Fry expects thousands of visitors each year, and never disappoints a single seafood lover with the tasty catfish entrees served at the event. For additional information, including a schedule events visit www.worldsbiggestfishfry.com