2013 Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Coverage
From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Asst. News Director Shannon McFarlin
Scenes from the WBFF Grand Parade
The Budweiser Clydesdales always look impressive on the WBFF parade route. (McFarlin photo).
The Hostess Princess entry in the grand parade. (McFarlin photo).
The Paris Winery float. (McFarlin photo).
Brewer, the Budweiser Clydesdales' dalmation, lets out a yawn. (McFarlin photo).
The beginning of the parade from atop East Wood Street. (McFarlin photo).
Waving to All from the "Big Fish"
The WBFF Hostess Princess Court were waving to all from high atop the big catfish that welcomes visitors to Paris at the intersection of Tyson and Mineral Wells Avenues Thursday, April 25. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
That's a Lot of Foil
Paris, Tenn.-David "Tater" Hayes shows the giant ball of aluminum foil at Wednesday night's fish tent opening. The ball represents every piece of foil that has been used in the fish fry for the past 15 years or so and keeps getting bigger each year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Breading the Fish for the Fish Fry
Paris, Tenn.-Breading the catfish for the WBFF fish tent opening April 24 were (left to right): Robert Albrecht, Chris Jones, Nathan Morris, Sterling Albrecht. (McFarlin photo).
Cooking Those Hushpuppies
Paris, Tenn.-Cooking hush puppies are a group of veterans of WBFF fish fries past. (McFarlin photo).
Relaxing Before Fish Fry Tent Opening
Paris, Tenn.-Members of the WBFF Hostess Princess Court play with Queen Ali Davis' brother, Ben, at the fish fry tent opening. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Farrier to the Clydesdales Gets Them Ready for Parade
Paris, Tenn.-John Soto of Connecticut was hard at work Wednesday, April 24, working on the horseshoes of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Soto travels to wherever the Clydesdales are to perform farrier services for them. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Hostess Princess Court to Promote Dog Adoptions at Fish Fry
The World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Court is taking the opportunity this week to publicize the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter and the importance of adopting dogs and puppies. Shelter Spokesperson Melissa Bomar said the court came to the shelter for a visit Saturday and said they would be publicizing the shelter this week at all the Fish Fry functions they attend. The young ladies adopted a puppy while they were there and will be carrying it with them during the week's activities. Bomar said one of the ladies will keep him after the fish fry concludes. In photo, left to right: Hannah McFadden, Rachel Wilson, Queen Ali Davis, Katie Drummond and Shelby Beloate. The sheriff's office shelter is located at 622 Jones Bend Rd. and is a no-kill shelter. The phone number is 641-8090. (Animal Shelter photo).
Horse and Mule Pull Held Saturday
A mule team gives its all, top photo, pulling concrete blocks during Saturday morning's Horse and Mule Pull at the Henry County Fairgrounds, one of the weekend's events for the World's Biggest Fish Fry. Bottom, Jason McDaniel's team of mules Jack and Jim pull their weight. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
"Fish Tales" Event Entertains
A good-sized crowd was on hand for the first-ever "Fish Tales" event held at the home and gardens of Jimmy and Peggy Williams on E. Blythe Street. Those attending were treated to luxurious strolls on the huge gardens, where storytellers and musicians could be found. Top photo, the Shepherd family entertains, while bottom, Bob Valentine tells stories. (Jean Owens photos).