Catfish Festival brings new season in St. Stephen

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013

Frank Johnson/Gazette -- Makenzie Solis and Jayden Dorsett of Summerville enjoy a ride on “Frolic” at the 2012 Catfish Festival. --

In upper Berkeley County, spring officially arrives with the annual St. Stephen Catfish Festival.
The Catfish Festival will run from April 5-7. The event will feature some old and new faces to entertain and wow more than 30,000 visitors to St. Stephen over the festival’s three days.
According to festival organizer Johnny Broome, many of the festival favorites are back again this year.
The festival begins Friday afternoon April 5, at 4 p.m. and will continue through Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The festival will present all local fare, crafts and food for the public to enjoy.
While the annual undertaking may be made up of fun and games, the importance of the festival can’t be denied.
“The Catfish Festival puts the town of St. Stephen out to the community and reflects what the town stands for,” said St. Stephen resident William Truesdale. “Each year the festival has more food and craft vendors.
“The festival grows progressively larger each year.”
The three-day event is free and open to the public.
All the standard Catfish Festival favorites will be present in the days ahead, including the annual Cake Walk, Sweet Pea contest and Catfish Stew Cook Off Saturday afternoon.
More than 20 food vendors will be on hand to provide the same fare the Catfish Festival has enjoyed for years to include funnel cakes and hand-dipped corn dogs, gyro wraps and frozen treats to name a few.
“We have a large variety of great food available every year,” Broome said.

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