Catfish And Softball Make A Comeback

A six year tradition continues this weekend in South Mississippi. People along the coast came out to the Catfish Festival and Ball Tournament.

Some call it an itinerary of fun. People from all over the coast spent the weekend with  an unlikely pair: Catfish and Softball. However, it's a combination thats not new to members of St. Ann Catholic Church in Lizana.

"If you are going to be playing ball for three or four days, you need some food and you need some drinks, so they have built festivals around their ballgames," says Father Pete Mockler, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church.

Pastor Mockler says while some may call the event a big festival, he sees it as more of a reunion.

"People that you haven't seen all year to meet them at the church fair, catch up on old stories and what's going on in the community. It's just a real social occasion," Mockler said.

The tradition began in the early 1980s but went on hiatus for several years. Now it's back with room for the entire community.

"The community gathers and people get to show off their cooking skills," says Mockler.

Father Mockler says a lot goes into planning the event. With only 200 members in the South Mississippi church, he says they welcome help from everyone. He says every year presents its challenges but this church knows that a little softball and catfish goes a long way.

Father Pete Mockler says a planning committee will meet next week to begin working on next year's festival.