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World Catfish Festival, Belzoni, Mississippi

Catfish Stats

US Total Acres

Mississippi Total Acres

Humphreys Acres

#5 in American seafood consumed

US Pounds Processed
512 million annually


World Catfish Festival
April 10, 2010

Schedule 5KRun  Catfish Recipes Vendor Forms & Apps

Recognizing Our National Success

Due in part to 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 Southeast.

The Humphreys County Catfish story is a saga of Southern enterprise, ingenuity, determination, dedication and just plain down-home good neighborliness. All of these ingredients, plus inherent agricultural know-how, have figured in the phenomenal progress that has been made in the county since the mid-1960's when catfish was introduced as a new cash crop.

About 3,000 people attended the first festival in 1976, and it has grown to more than 20,000 attending each year. The festival now encompasses the whole downtown area, including four streets for the arts and craft show, and entertainment scattered around the area. Visitors are attracted from not only Mississippi and around the U.S. but from foreign countries as well.

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