12,500 pounds of catfish are served at
the Bobby Cox Memorial Fish Tent during
the World's Biggest Fish Fry, a Paris
and Henry County tradition which kicks
off the festival season in West
The "Fish Fry" evolved from "Mule Day",
which originated in 1938 with the Paris
Post Intelligencer as the first sponsor.
Farmers came to town on the first Monday
in April to trade their mules and other
farm products, do their shopping and
enjoy the fellowship of their friends.
Early in the 190's the Chamber of
Commerce took over "Mule Day" and the
tractor started taking the place of
mules. The Chamber of Commerce started
looking for another event to replace
In 1953, the Chamber of Commerce held
the first "Fish Fry". The event was not
as successful as hoped. The fish were
not from Kentucky Lake, and just did not
please the fish eating public. The
parade was short but sweet, and the
event was held on Barton Field for one
day and night.
In 1961, the Paris-Henry County Jaycees
took over the "Fish Fry" from the
Chamber of Commerce.
Since 1961, the "World's Biggest Fish
Fry" has grown considerably, from 1600
pounds of catfish to over 5 tons of
catfish being cooked and served at the
Robert E. "Bobby" Cox Memorial Fish
Community participation and support of
the "World's Biggest Fish Fry" brings
the community together in many ways.
Community involvement by attending one
of the five beauty pageants, buying
souvenirs, eating fish dinners,
attending the rodeo, entering or
watching the Grand Parade, or the Small
Fry Parade, and going to the carnival,
makes the event successful.
The history of the "Fish Fry" started
with the farmers and their mules. Each
past "Fish Fry" makes new history with
trying new and different things, bigger
crowds, more catfish served ad more
The Paris-Henry County Jaycees hope to
make the "World's Biggest Fish Fry"
bigger and better each year.
Fish Fry is held the last week of April.
Photo: Ferris wheel at the midway,
carnival and attractions at the
fairgrounds, the fryers, and the catfish