71st Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry

Saturday, April 20, 2024 – Sunday, April 28, 2024

Welcome to the World's Biggest Fish Fry!

The World's Biggest Fish Fry invites you to the Headquarters Grand Opening! Join us on Saturday, March 30th at 10 am for the Grand Opening on 219 Tyson Avenue.

The World’s Biggest Fish Fry revolves around fried catfish dinners (12,000 pounds to be exact), parades, dancing, rodeo nights, carnival rides, fishing and more.

This long-standing spring celebration began as “Mule Day” in 1938. After Kentucky Lake was formed, it became the World's Biggest Fish Fry, a celebration of fishing, food and friends!

The goal of this favorite festival? Making sure every guest goes home well fed and happy. If you didn’t grow up around the delicacy of catfish, a platter served in the “Fish Tent” might seem overwhelming. The generous portions include farm-raised catfish fried to perfection, hushpuppies, coleslaw, beans, French fries piled high and a cold drink to wash it all down.

The week-long festival features concerts, a carnival, grand parade, rodeo, and catfish races, yes, you read that correctly! Check our event schedule for a full list of event details and locations.

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The 2024 pageant will be held at the KPAC on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th. Entry forms and a full list of rules can be found on the pageant page.


We’re thrilled to invite you to be a part of the Grand Parade! More than a procession, it’s a celebration of our community and shared history. Whether you want to join as a participant, become a sponsor, or just need to know the best places to park, we look forward to seeing you this year!

Fish Tent

The oldest Fish Fry tradition, the Robert E. “Bobby” Cox Memorial Fish Tent annually feeds thousands of visitors and locals each year. You’ll be served by a diverse group of passionate volunteers. To learn more about pricing, volunteer positions, or sponsorships, visit the page below.

Car and Bike Show

Calling all automotive and bike enthusiasts to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Car & Bike Show – where HORSEPOWER meets CATFISH POWER! We want to see your cool classics and majestic moderns.


The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Carnival helps foster a sense of community engagement, allowing locals to invite friends and family from outside of Paris to enjoy the festivities.


Round up your family and friends for a weekend filled with bull riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin’ and more at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Championship Bulls & Barrels Showdown! You won’t want to miss this rodeo extravaganza.

Demolition Derby

Get ready for a heart-pounding, adrenaline-fueled spectacle as the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal collide in the most thrilling demolition derby event of the year! Only the toughest will survive the crash course of car carnage.

Concerts and Dances

Dance your cares away at one of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Dances! The Kick-Off Street Dance and Country Dance features live bands; delicious food; and an opportunity to show off your best dance moves. These are more than dance parties, they’re a celebration of our community spirit and country roots.

Hushpuppy Dash

Runners in the Annual Hushpuppy 5K Dash/Walk enjoy a crisp spring morning at the fairgrounds in a friendly competition that celebrates a catfish’s best friend, the hushpuppy!

Catfish Races

Swimming down 15-foot, clear-plastic racing troughs, locally caught catfish compete for prizes for their sponsors. Everyone can participate in the Catfish Races by sponsoring a fish in this stand-out event and those who register early will receive a colorful race t-shirt.

Art and Crafts

Immerse yourself in a vibrant showcase of handmade wonders where talented artisans bring their unique creations to life. From intricately crafted jewelry to stunning paintings, there’s something for every art enthusiast.

Junior Fishing Rodeo

Picture a sparkling, spring-fed lake with scores of grownups helping young anglers bait hooks, cast lines and reel in hungry fish. This has been the scene at Williams Lake during the Junior Fishing Rodeo for as long as most folks can remember.

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Email us at: worldsbiggestfishfry@gmail.com