The 42nd annual celebration known as Catfish Derby Days is July 21-23 in Franklin. The community event includes a variety of activities throughout the weekend, but the big draw of the event is the catfish catching contest.

The contest officially starts at 3 p.m. July 21 and continues through noon July 23. Those who plan to participate in the contest must register at city hall in Franklin before fishing.

The fee to take part in the contest is $10, with those under age 10 able to participate in the contest for $5. Fish will be weighed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. July 22 and from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. July 23, with trophies presented for the largest flathead catfish and the largest channel catfish.

Last year, Tate Goodthunder of Redwood Falls hauled in the largest catfish, which weighed 42 pounds, one ounce. 

Another of the traditions held during the weekend is the crowning of the new Catfish Derby Days queen. That contest, along with a variety show, is being held July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Mountain Elementary School.

The candidates who are vying for the crown are Shyann Koupal and Courtney Marlow.

Shyann Koupal is the daughter of Jim and Amy Koupal. The 17 year old is involved in the volleyball program as a student at Cedar Mountain High School, and in her spare time enjoys camping, traveling with family, hanging out with her friends, music and shopping. As a member of the community, Koupal volunteers her time as a server at Sacred Heart church and for the Red Cross. Koupal works as a lifeguard for the City of Morgan. She plans to attend college after high school. Koupal had not decided on what talent she planned to present at the program.

Courtney Marlow is the daughter of Chris Marlow and Kari Zempel. The 16 year old is involved in the FFA chapter in school, and in her spare time she enjoys playing sports, hanging out with her family and friends, drawing and helping out at her church. Marlow is employed at McDonald’s. After she graduates from high school, Marlow would love to become either an art teacher or a science teacher. She will be drawing for the talent portion of the program.

Some of the other activities taking place during the weekend are:

• The Franklin Fire and Rescue 5k July 22, with registration at 7:30 a.m. and an 8:30 a.m. race start

• The Kiss the Catfish contest July 22 at 8:30 p.m.

• The Kiddie parade July 23 at 1 p.m.

• The community parade July 23 starting at 1:30 p.m.

There are several tournaments taking place during the weekend, including a kickball tournament Friday at 9 p.m., a bean bag tournament Saturday at 11 a.m., a co-ed volleyball tournament Saturday at 9 a.m. and the softball tournament which is being played Saturday and Sunday.

Everyone is invited to Catfish Derby Days.

See more at franklinmn.us.