Local Area Recreation Near Paris Landing / Kentucky Lake KOA
West Tennessee is known for it's fishing/boating recreation in the National Recreation Area "Land Between the Lakes" Kentucky Lake. Civil War sites aplenty; State and National sites! Lots more to do locally!
World's Biggest Fish Fry - April Annually
The World's Biggest Fish Fry is a premier event for Paris – Henry County and West Tennessee. The last full week of April annually attracts people locally as well as nationally. Visitors come from across the country to enjoy the festivities.The whole festival revolves around the “Fish Tent” where by last account over 12,500 pounds of catfish is served with all the trimmings. In addition to all you can eat catfish you will find parades, carnival, rodeos, catfish races, dances, arts and crafts to name a few. Events actually begin early in February with beauty pageants leading up to the week long celebration.The “Fish Fry” as everyone calls it around here evolved from “Mule Day”, which originated in 1938 with the Paris Post Intelligencer as the first sponsor. Farmers came to town on the first Monday in April to trade their mules and other farm products, do their shopping and enjoy the fellowship of their friends. Early in the 1950's the Chamber of Commerce took over “Mule Day” complete with a parade and beauty queens. When the tractor began to replace the mules the Chamber of Commerce contemplated another event to replace “Mule Day”.In 1953, the Chamber of Commerce held the first “Fish Fry”. The event was not as successful as hoped. The fish were not from Kentucky Lake and just didn't live up to the palates of the fish eating public. The parade was short and the event was held on the high school football field for one day and night.In 1961 the Paris-Henry County Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) took over the “Fish Fry” from the Chamber of Commerce.Since 1961 and thanks to the Paris-Henry County Jaycees the festival has grown unbelievably from 1,600 pounds of catfish cooked to over 5 tons of catfish and a two hour grand parade.The venue of the festival has moved from the court square, then to what was once known as the hitch lot just blocks from the court square, then back to a parking lot downtown and finally to a building at the Henry County Fairgrounds in the early 1980's. In the early days the fish cooking was done outdoors and eaten on picnic tables under big tents, hence the term “Fish Tent”. It is now known as the Robert E. “Bobby” Cox Memorial Fish Tent.The Jaycees continue to do a fantastic job organizing the event but also depend on many community volunteers to pull it off each year. The Paris-Henry County Jaycees are still growing the event and offering new and different things resulting in increased attendance, more catfish cooked and served.The Jaycees and the community invite everyone to visit Paris and Henry County the last full week of April for a week of fun and southern hospitality!
-Above from http://www.paristnchamber.com/home/events/fishfry
Henry County Fairgrounds
517 Royal Oak Dr
Paris, TN 38242
Homeplace 1850s Working Farm
Daily Life on the Farm
10am, Sept 1st - Oct 30th4512 The Trace, Dover, TN 37058, USA (map)
September is harvest time at the Homeplace! Join in the farm work as the farmers harvest the crops and garden vegetables to preserve for the winter ahead. Farm work in September includes harvesting tobacco, shucking and shelling corn, plowing, making winter clothing, quilting, or cooking and preserving garden vegetables from the fall harvest. Learn practical skills that are still as valuable today as they were in the past.
4512 The Trace
Dover, TN 37058
Hazel Antiques & Shopping
The lifeblood of this community of 440 people is the over 40,000 square feet of shopping combined with 12 shops. Several hundred antique dealers are represented in our little town.
In our antique stores and gift shops, you will find virtually anything and everything!
The current antique stores, gift shops and malls are listed below. Please contact each store directly for store hours.
Discovery Park of America
Discovery Park of America, located in Union City, Tennessee, offers visitors of all ages a world-class entertainment and educational experience. With more than 70,000 sq. feet of galleries and interactive exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history and art to engage children and adults alike, we make learning fun! You can also explore our 50 acres of outdoor space, featuring a Blue Angels plane, our Discovery Garden and a 100-year-old chapel.From dinosaurs to Native American history to space exploration, Discovery Park of America will inspire you and provide a greater understanding of our world – past, present and future. We're an easy day trip from Paris, TN area….plan your visit now!
830 Everett Blvd
Union City, TN 38261
Paris Wheels Skating Center
Newly renovated and family-friendly roller skating on a maple hardwood floor. Blacklight reactive! Roller skates and roller blades available for rent. Concessions available. Has a game room and prize counter. About 15min from the KOA campground!
2245 Highway 79 S
Paris, TN 38424