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Emily Hartley, Published July 26 2010

East Grand Forks celebrates catfish

Catfish aren’t the only big catch at the Cats Incredible catfish festival this weekend in East Grand Forks, Minn.

The 23rd annual celebration runs Friday through Sunday, with a score of events beyond the staple Cats Incredible Fishing Tournament, which starts Saturday.

Friday features a media fishing derby from 1 to 5 p.m., with food vendors and a beer garden to follow until 8 p.m. in LaFave Park.

While some get in on the tournament action Saturday, others can enjoy a half-marathon or 5K walk/run at 8 a.m., inflatable kids’ games and the “Beans on the Bank” Chili Challenge, with judging and sampling beginning at noon.

Little Donnie and the Groove Tones will also play from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sunday brings the second day of the fishing tournament and more games, as well as art and science activities for kids beginning at 1 p.m. There’s also live music from Mark Ryan and Friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and balloon sculpting all afternoon.

The festivities end with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Other events around the region this week include:

If you go

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Hartley at (701) 235-7311