Our National Success
World Catfish Festival has become a
major tourist draw to the Mississippi
Delta. Because of its reputation as a
family oriented event, the World Catfish
Festival has received several awards
including Top 100 Events in North
America and Top 20 Events of the
About 3,000 people attended the first
festival in 1976, and it has grown to
more than 10,000 attending each year.
The festival now encompasses the whole
downtown area, including four streets
for over 150 arts and crafts vendors,
and live entertainment which features
blues, country, gospel and more.
There is a free kids zone as well as
activities for adults and youth (bungee
jump, mechanical bull and
rock wall). The festival begins with a
5K run/walk at 8 AM.
In addition to the live entertainment,
the crowds are entertained with a Little
Miss Catfish Pageant, Miss Catfish
Pageant and a catfish eating contest.
Visitors are attracted from not only
Mississippi and around the U.S. but from
foreign countries as well.