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27th Annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival

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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Thousands attended the 27th Annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival this weekend.

Games, music and shopping took over downtown Winnsboro for the one-day Catfish Festival, but of course the main event was the catfish!

Before it's boxed and sold to hundreds of hungry customers, many cooks were hard at work, including the Haring family.

"He started in 1950 raising minnows then went to catfish," says Sam Haring, son of Pete Haring who started the family business 63 years ago.

Catfish from the Haring pond is taken out of the ice and into the fish fry.

"We make our own fish fry," says Ellen Haring, "Special ingredients, it's top secret."

Then it's spread out in the fry basket in a very particular way.

"This girl is the fastest sorter west of the Mississippi," says one Haring about another, "This is an artist at work!"

Then the ten pounds of fresh fish goes into the 325 degree grease for 6 minutes.

After a quick cool-down, the catfish moves under the Haring's tent, is boxed up, and sold along with fries and hushpuppies. To the Haring family, it's more than just a meal.

"It's a family event," says Ellen Haring, "I've got another brother that's in the catfish business, too,and we all come up here and have fun."

With the entire family involved, the Haring's are calling their 27 years with the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival a success.

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