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‘Granddaddy’ of catfishing events set for Saturday in Savannah

The National Catfish Derby’s World Championship of Catfishing is set for Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25, in downtown Savannah.
“This spectacular event is the ‘granddaddy’ of all catfishing events. It does not just include fishing, but great family-oriented fun for all,” said Stephanie Timbes, Savannah Main Street program director.
Tennessee River Productions, along with Southwest Tennessee Tourism, have taken on efforts to keep the Catfish Derby tradition ongoing.
The Sportsman Division is the most popular of the Derby’s rodeo and runs Aug. 29 through Sept. 25. There is no entry fee for this division and the largest catfish caught each week wins $100. The WCC features special recognition to the best youth, lady and senior participating teams this year and the World Championship of Catfishing Belts.
Downtown Savannah events include special guest Mountain Man from Duck Dynasty making an appearance on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Savannah Theater during fishing registration, and again on Saturday from 3-5 p.m., during weigh-in, behind of the Hardin County Courthouse.
“Mountain Man is going to be fishing,” Timbes noted.
On Saturday, families can enjoy a classic car show, music and vendors at Savannah Market, and local food and retail vendors at Court Square.
All events, other than the fishing tournaments, are free and open to the public.
The tournament is sponsored by Packaging Corporation of America in Counce, Hardin County, City of Savannah, Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association and Tennessee River Productions.

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