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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Kustoff Recognizes the ‘World’s Biggest Fish Fry’ on the House Floor

April 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today spoke on the House floor to celebrate and honor the annual Paris-Henry County Fish Fry. This year’s event began on April 22 and will end with The Grand Parade tomorrow, April 28.

Below is the full text of Kustoff’s floor remarks.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, which happens to be this week in Paris, Tennessee.

Every year at the end of April, people from all across the country travel to West Tennessee to take part in a week-long celebration that includes parades, a carnival, rodeos, dances, catfish races and much more.

“The Fish Fry,” as folks call it in West Tennessee, originated in 1938 as one of many Mule Days when farmers gathered to trade their products, do their shopping and enjoy the fellowship of their community.

By the 1950s, the tractor replaced the mule, so the good citizens of Paris and Henry County started a new event that is now known in West Tennessee and around the country to be “The World’s Biggest Fish Fry.”

The festival ends with the main event this Friday, April 28, where more than five tons of catfish will be cooked leading up to a grand 2 hour-long parade.

I thank the joint Chambers of Commerce of Paris and Henry County for their leadership in preserving this great West Tennessee tradition.