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2017 Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Coverage

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Asst. News Director Cassie Walsh

It all happened April 22nd to 29th, right here in Paris, TN.  Bookmark this Page!

Rodeo, Catfish, Carnival and Fun at the Last Night of WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The IPRA Rodeo was also packed on Saturday night at spectators watched bull riding, barrel racing, bucking horses and team and individual calf roping. The WBFF IPRA Rodeo is only one of a few rodeos in the nation that hosts a three night event. (Cassie Walsh photos)

And BB Hastings, who is a 10 year old Michigan native, took 1st place in the barrel racing event with a time under 14.50 seconds.

BB Hastings taking home 1st place in the barrel racing event at the WBFF.

Lines for the last chance to get all you can eat catfish at the WBFF Fish Tent extended out the door and past the rodeo entrance on Saturday afternoon as the last catfish for the World’s Biggest Fish Fry was sold until next year’s WBFF.

Also on Saturday hot and humid weather conditions brought people into the Enoch Building to see the Arts and Crafts fair which ended on Saturday night.

And kids and adults got in on the fun at the last night of the carnival, which will be open on Sunday, April 30th from 1pm to 6pm. Armbands for Sunday at the Carnival will cost $15.

Classic and Vintage Cars Wow the Crowd at the WBFF Car Show

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens and dozens of cars, trucks and motorcycles took part in the WBFF Car Show on a hot but sunny Saturday afternoon at Paris Elementary. Spectators got to look at their dream cars at the show. (Cassie Walsh photos)

WBFF Jr. Fishing Rodeo Off to a Swimmingly Good Start

Paris, Tenn.- WBFF Jr. Fishing Rodeo gets off to a strong start as dozens of kids have been fishing on Saturday morning up at Williams Lake off of Chickasaw Road. Kids have caught catfishes that weighed a few ounces to catfish that weighed more than 10lbs. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Creativity and Fun at the WBFF Small Fry Parade

Paris,Tenn.- Hundreds came to downtown Paris on Saturday morning to come out and see all of the creative floats as kids and adults have fun at the WBFF Small Fry Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Over 3600 Attend the Fish Tent and the IPRA Rodeo on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Over 3,000 people came out to enjoy all you can eat fish at the FIsh Tent at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry on Friday and more 630 people came out to the IPRA Rodeo. Friday was a big night for the WBFF and hopefully Saturday's totals will make it the most successful night of the WBFF.

Here's a Complete Schedule of WBFF Events on Saturday

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry events on Saturday April 29th begins with the Car Show at Paris Elementary with registration at 8am and awards will be presented at 2pm.

The Small Fry Parade at 10am in Downtown Paris and immediately after the Small Fry Parade the Second Annual Chalk Crawl for Kids sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association will be held at 10:15am in Downtown Paris and the Catfish Races will be held downtown at 10:30am. From 10am to 8:30am the Arts and Crafts Show will be held at the Fairgrounds.

Chalk Crawl (DPA photo)

From 11am to 1pm the Jr. Fishing Rodeo (children up to 12) will be held at Williams Lake off of Chickasaw Road, from 11am to midnight you can go to the carnival presented by Kissell Entertainment at the Fairgrounds. The Carnival will run from 11am to midnight on Saturday with $20 armbands from noon to 5pm and tickets will be from 5pm to close.

Tim Alsobrooks photo

You can chow down on $12 all you can eat fish at Fish Tent will be held from 11am to 9pm sponsored by Holley Credit Union. The IPRA Rodeo will begin at 7:30pm at the Fairgrounds. Admission for the rodeo cost $10 for adults and $8 for children.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Good Turnout for the 2nd Night of the WBFF IPRA Rodeo

Paris, Tenn.- There was a good turnout for the 2nd night of the IPRA Rodeo at the WBFF. Events included barrel racing, bull riding, team roping and more. EMT's were called out to help a bull rider who got bucked off on Friday night, but all of the other events went off without a hitch. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The IPRA Rodeo Grand Finale will be on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30pm at the Fairgrounds. Admission at the gate costs $10 for adults and children ages 6-12 years old get in for $8.

Over 45K People Attend the All American WBFF Grand Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Elizondo estimates that between 45,000 and 46,000 people came to see the 64th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade on Friday morning, as the parade escaped looming rain showers.(Cassie Walsh photos) 

Grand Marshall's for the Grand Parade were three military cadets who included: Bailey Compton, United States Air Force Academy, Jesse Hudgins, United States Military Academy at West Point, and Gunner Osborn, United States Naval Academy.

HCHS Marching Patriots

General Manager's trophy was the Miss Teen Float.

Float winners: General Managers trophy Miss Teen Float. Most Original 1st place Little Princess, 2nd place The Downtown Paris Association, 3rd place The Fish Tank. Best Club floats: TVCC and Celebrate Recovery was 1st place, Cub Scouts was 2nd place and Lady Bombers Softball was 3rd place.

Most Beautiful Float: 1st place Tiny Tots, 2nd place Miss Teen, and 3rd place Little Miss. Best Out of Town Floats: Iris Festival won 1st place, City of Dresden won 2nd place and Strawberry Festival won 3rd place.

Bands that marched in the 64th Annual WBFF Grand Parade: included the Henry County High School Marching Patriots, Henry County Schools County Wide Band, Bethel University, McKenzie High Schol, Camden High School, Lexington Middle School, Hollow Rock-Bruceton, Glencliff High School and Bellevue Middle School.

McKenzie High Rebels Marching Band came in 1st place in the band competition.

In the band competition of the WBFF Grand Parade the McKenzie High School Marching Rebels came in 1st place, Camden Central High School came in 2nd place, Hollow Rock- Bruceton High School came in 3rd place, Glencliff High School was 4th place and Lexington Middle School came in 5th place.

Bethel University Band

Henry County County Wide Band

Fish Tent Opens to Great Crowd Wed. Night

Tim Alsobrooks photos

Bringing Out the Inner Kid in All of Us at the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Hundreds of people showed up to take in the games, entertainment, rides and country music at World’s Biggest Fish Fry on Tuesday as the carnival opening up for the first time.

Kids enjoyed carnival games while people of all ages took to rides to have some fun at the first night of the Kissel Carnival at the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry.(Cassie Walsh photos)

Country Dancing All Night Long

Paris, Tenn.- The dance floor was packed with country music lovers on Tuesday night of the World’ Biggest Fish Fry as the Country Dance, sponsored by WMUF 104.7fm, continued to entertain. The Legends provided entertainment for the Country Dance and even those who attended the dance got to get a WMUF t-shirt at the event. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Dozens Turnout for the WBFF Street Dance

Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of people turned out to get their boogie on at the WBFF Kick-off Street Dance on Monday night in Downtown Paris as the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry rolls on. Kids got to enjoy chalk drawing, hoola hooping, sack races and more. Attendees also got enjoy good food at the event while rocking out to the Ray Lewis Band as they played music from all genres from country to rock. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Gearing Up for Fish Fry Week

Paris, Tenn.- Comfortable temperatures and sunshine were a welcome site Monday afternoon around the Henry County Fairgrounds as workers were out in full force getting the rides set up at the carnival for Fish Fry week. There are several rides, many games, and lots of food vendors on site this year once again. The carnival opens up on Tuesday with $15 armbands with discounted coupons to ride all the rides you want. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Demolition Derby is Rescheduled for Sat. May 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Demolition Derby that was scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd at 7pm at the Fairgrounds that was cancelled due to the weather, because crews were unable to get the equipment out they needed at the fairgrounds has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 27th at 7pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

WBFF Car Show is Set for Sat. April 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Car Show is set for this Saturday, April 29th rain or shine at Paris Elementary School, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

There will be 26 classes which include automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Registration for the Car Show is from 8am to noon with judging beginning at 9am. Awards for the Car Show will be given out at 2pm.

The registration fee for 1st entry is $20 and $10 for your 2nd entry. At the show there will be free spectator admission and parking and restrooms and food vendors are available.

For more information please contact Donnie Banks at 333-2320, Steve French at 644-2777 or you can email srfrench67@hotmail.com. You can also see car show rules by visiting www.srfproductions.com.

Proceeds from the car show will be distributed to local scholarship fund, community youth projects and various clubs and civic donations.

Demolition Derby and Bed Races Cancelled for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Bed Races event that was scheduled to take place in downtown Paris at noon on Saturday, April 22nd have been cancelled due to the weather and Demolition Derby scheduled for Saturday night at 7pm at the Fairgrounds is also cancelled due to the fact that they couldn't get equipment out at the fairgrounds because of how much rain we received.

Fish Fry General Manager Josh “Smokey” Taylor said that they will announce a make-up date for the Demolition Derby, but there will be no make-up date for the Bed Races.

49 Compete in the 2017 5K Hushpuppy Dash

49 runners race to win at the 2017 5K Hushpuppy Dash

Paris, Tenn.- A total of 49 runners braced early morning thunderstorms, dropping temperatures and a few stray showers to compete in the 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry 5K Hushpuppy Dash at Henry County High School High School as activities for the 2017 World’s Biggest Fish Fry began on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Daniel Watkins comes in 1st place at the 5K Hushpuppy Dash

Daniel Watkins with a time off 22:15 minutes came in first place and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew also made the top 10 at this year's event. Hulmes Sporting Goods and Flex Fitness were this year’s 5K Hushpuppy Dash sponsors.

64th Annual WBFF Starts Saturday with Hushpuppy Dash

Paris, Tenn.- The 64th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry has events starting on Saturday and continuing all next week. Saturday’s events start with the 5K Hushpuppy Dash at Henry County High School High School at 8am. Registration is $20 and begins at 7am.

There’s a new event this year, bed races, and they will be held downtown on the court square beginning at Noon. Registration starts at 11am and judging begins at 11:30am. Entry fee for a team is $75.

The demolition derby is at 7pm Saturday night at the fairgrounds. Admission is $10 for adults, children ages 6-10 admission is $5, and children under 5 are admitted for free.

For continuing coverage of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry events listen to our radio stations and visit our website for stories and pictures.





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