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2019 Suwannee River Catfish Festival packs Greenway Park in Branford

Joe Reid and Heartland Band entertaining the crowd at the Suwannee River Catfish Festival last weekend. - SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Visitors enjoyed the arts and craft vendors as well as the various food vendors at the festival.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

With a great line-up of live music scheduled for the day, catfish dinners, raffles and vendors galore, the 2019 Suwannee River Catfish Festival brought thousands of visitors to Greenway Park in Branford, Florida, April 13, to enjoy their day along the Suwannee River. Visitors enjoyed a variety of live music from bluegrass to country and classic southern rock by the Kentucky Sleepy Hollow Band, Joe Reid and Heartland Band, Ronny McKinley Band, the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, Pronounced, and other bands. Sound was provided by Starlight Sound Productions.

One of the event coordinators and owner of IGW Concrete, Halford Harris, said the crowd was even bigger this year with an estimated 6,000 visitors. They sold every catfish dinner they had again this year and plan on preparing for even more for next year.

“Participation by the vendors was great, everybody had a great time. The weather was beautiful. We couldn’t ask for a better festival this time of year,” Harris commented and added they are already looking forward to next year.

Proceeds from the event will award scholarships to local students and help support the Fisher House Charity.

Crowds enjoyed the various bands performing live throughout the day at the Suwannnee River Catfish Festival in Branford. This crowd was listening to Joe Reid and Heartland Band. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Donald Johns of Starlight Sound Productions keeping the live music sounding great. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Hooked On Heroes founders Carolyn Cadle, left, Ron Cadle and a volunteer were already busy raising funds for their next fishing trip on October 5, 2019. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John and his team were giving away popcorn at the festival. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Suwannee County Fire and Rescue at the Catfish Festival.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Catfish dinners were all the rage at the Suwannee River Catfish Festival. Although they ran out again this year, they are planning to have more catfish next year. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson