If you’re not from around here, you may wonder what all the to-do is about. What do we mean, World’s Biggest Fish Fry, anyway?

It means just what it says. We believe that we serve more fresh-fried catfish this week than anybody else on earth. 

There are events in Borger, Texas, and East Aurora, N.Y., that bill themselves as the “World’s Largest Fish Fry,” but both are just one-day events. Our big feed goes on for four days, seemingly almost non-stop.

As a measure of bigness, we count the catfish we serve by the ton — at least five of them. That’s a whopping lot of eating.

The catfish is the centerpiece, but that’s not all, not by a long shot. The building at the fairgrounds that for historical reasons we fondly refer to this week as the “fish tent” accompanies the main dish with hushpuppies, french fries, cole slaw, white beans and a drink.

The eating starts at 5 p.m. today and goes on through Saturday night. That would be enough celebrating, but it’s merely the centerpiece for our annual to-do. Annual, that is, for 66 years without a hitch.

There’s lots more going on, too. The carnival and a Christian concert this evening, then add the arts and crafts show and a championship bulls and barrels showdown Thursday-Saturday.

The celebration hits its peak with the Grand Parade Friday, then a Small Fry Parade, Catfish Races (honest!) and a kid’s fishing rodeo Saturday.

The chief planners and engineers are the Paris-Henry County Jaycees.

But there’s so much going on that it takes virtually everyone in the county to pull it off.

And it’s all for you. Enjoy!

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