The Franklin Parish Catfish Festival has been canceled for the first time in its 33 year history due to a National Weather Service forecast of severe weather in the area.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that this year’s Catfish Festival has been cancelled. The board has talked extensively with the National Weather Service and other officials and has determined that in the interest of the safety of our vendors, volunteers and guests, we must cancel. No one is more disappointed than the board of directors, who work all year to put on this wonderful event.”
The information was posted on the festival’s official Facebook page this morning.
On April 13, the National Weather Service is calling for showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Conditions may grow worse as the day goes on.
“We are as dissappointed as everyone else, but after consultations with the National Weather Service and other officials during the week, the festival board felt this was the right decision,” said Paul Price Jr., Festival Director. “Out of an abundance of caution,the potential threat for public safety was something we simply couldn’t ignore.”
For 30 years the Festival had not been canceled and Price called it: “a pretty good run.”
“Up until last year, the festival enjoyed 30-plus years of dry weather on the second Saturday in April,” Price said. “We’ve had a pretty good run in that regard, and hope to start a new streak next year.”