2014 Schedule of Events
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 Tennessee.
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 "Mule Day".
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 Tent.
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 community
The Paris-Henry County Jaycees hope to make the
"World's Biggest Fish Fry" bigger and better each
This Fish Fry is held the last week of April.
2014 Fish Fry Event Schedule