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....

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.