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Suwannee River Catfish Festival - April 8

Visitors from last year’s Catfish Festival at Greenway Park in Branford. -SVT Archived Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

Mark your calendars and grab your lawn-chairs for Saturday, April 8, 2023. The Suwannee River Catfish Festival is coming to Greenway Park in Branford,

from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors to this ever-popular community event that honors and helps support veterans and local students, come for all-day live music, mouthwatering catfish dinners, arts and crafts vendors, fun and games for kids and more.

The music line-up for this year is Faster Than Flash, Black River Harvesters, County Road 400, Social Club, Kentucky Sleepy Hollow Bluegrass Band ... And More!

Last year, with the help of volunteers, they sold over 1,000 catfish dinners and ran out around 2 p.m., so plan to get your dinner early.

Proceeds from the event will award scholarships to local students and help support the Fisher House Charity.
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need and offers shelter and support during a medical crisis for the families of veterans at no cost to the veterans and their families.

Halford Harris, Cheri Sexton and other event organizers are looking forward to the 2023 festival and would like to invite everyone to come out for a good time with family and friends. They especially appreciate the volunteers that help make it all possible.

The Kentucky Sleepy Hollow Bluegrass Band will be performing again this year. -SVT Archived Photo by Tami Stevenson