When it comes to celebrations, there are few as unique as the one being celebrated this coming weekend in Franklin.
While some community festivals celebrate some historic event or even a food item, Franklin’s annual event, which is being held for the 38th time, focuses on something different – the catfish.
The catfish fishing contest begins at 3 p.m. Friday and closes at noon Sunday, with a trophy given for the top Channel catfish and Flathead catfish caught in that time frame.
The participation fee is $10, with children under 10 years old able to participate for $5.
Some of the other activities taking place during the weekend in Franklin include:
• The queen contest and variety show Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the elementary school.
• The softball tournament which starts Friday and ends Sunday; the volleyball tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. Sat-urday; the bean bag tournament, which starts at 11 a.m. Sat-urday and the chess tournament, which starts at 1 p.m. Friday.
• A street dance is being held Friday night from 8 p.m. until midnight featuring Quik Fix, with HickTown Mafia featured at the street dance Saturday night which is being held from 9 a.m. until midnight.
• The parade is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with a kiddie parade Sun-day starting at 1 p.m.
• A fireman’s water ball contest is being held Saturday at 1 p.m., with a kids water ball contest Sunday after the parade.
According to Catfish Derby Days chair Joel Harmoning, the flea market is bigger this year, and a kickball game featuring the Morton and Franklin fire department is taking place Friday after the queen contest. This is a rematch of the kickball game that was held during the July 4 celebration in Morton, added Harmoning.
The public is invited and encouraged to come over and take in the weekend in Franklin during Catfish Derby Days.