Franklin Parish Catfish Festival

Mothers of infants and babies, the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival has something new for you: the Baby Café.

For the first time, a special spot will be reserved for diaper changes and discreet feeding for the festival’s tiniest guests! 

Donna Nelson with the La Leche League of Monroe and Winnsboro envisioned the welcome addition and will be in charge of the Baby Café, which will be located in the Jack Hammons Community Center within the festival grounds. 

“She approached us about booth space to provide a comfortable spot for mothers, fathers, babies and toddlers to, well, take care of their ‘business,’” Festival Director Paul Price said. “The board – which of course is loaded with mamas, daddies and grandparents – had a very enthusiastic response.”

The Jack Hammons Center will offer a sheltered location for the Baby Café, which Nelson said will include changing tables, rocking chairs and a privacy screen for nursing mothers.

“We have always been proud to be known as a family-friendly festival, and we’re thankful for people like Donna who continue to offer ways we can better serve our families,” Price added.

The Baby Cafe’ and more will be available at the Catfish Festival. Gates will open at 8 a.m. with a $5 admission charge.

The festival offers over 300 vendors, an antique car show, quilt show, youth play area with inflatables and zoo exhibit.

Headlining this year’s entertainment is Grammy winners Jason Crabb and Jo-El Sonnier.

Crabb will be performing on the Old Glory Stage at 12:30 p.m. Sonnier will start his performance at 3:30 p.m.

Visit for a complete music lineup, maps and festival details.


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