Severe weather doesn't stop the Catfish Festival

Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE) - The severe weather didn’t slow things down in Franklin Parish this weekend.

The 32nd Annual Catfish Festival still went on as planned, but with a slight time change.

The board pushed the start time back one hour until 9 a.m. to give vendors and those attending an extra hour to prepare.

They say this event means too much to Franklin Parish to have a rainout.

"It means a lot to us. It's a point of pride for us,” says Leslie Young from the Catfish Festival Board of Directors. “It's the largest one-day festival in Louisiana. It’s family and fun.”

“A lot of local community and civic groups benefit from the work they get to do on the festival. A lot of our fish is fried by church groups. And, you know, it's just an opportunity for people to buy into something fun,” young says.

The festival board was expecting almost 20,000 people in Winnsboro Saturday afternoon.