July 21-23, 2017
2017 Catfish Days Events:
Fishing Contest: begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at noon on Sunday. Must register at City Hall before fishing. No early registration! Contest is DNR approved. Trophies and cash prizes for channel and flathead catfish. Contest fees: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 years. Contact Tom Ness 507-430-1408** Rules – see below.
Street Dances: Live Bands! Friday Evening "Fallen Kingz" 8:30 p.m..-12:30 a.m.. Saturday Evening: "Hicktown Mafia" 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Sunday Parades: Kiddie Parade at 1:00p.m. Contact Doreen Serbus at 507-557-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; Grand Parade at 1:30, Contact Joe or April Sullivan at 507-557-3265 or 320-212-3406. No numbers - 1st come 1st lined up.
Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Contact Robin Kokesch 507-430-1073 or email@example.com 2017 Volleyball Registration Form
Men's Softball Tournament: Saturday and Sunday. Contact Brent Sandmann at 507-430-0221or firstname.lastname@example.org
Firemen's Kickball: Friday, 8:15 p.m. Contact Corey Gruendemann, 507-240-0981
Franklin Fire & Rescue 5k: Saturday: Registration 7:30 a.m., Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact Ash Heibel, 573-289-3409
Queen Contest/Variety Show: Friday 7:30 p.m. Contact Jane Sullivan, 507-557-8236.
Bouncy Houses: Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Main Street
Bean Bag Tourney: Saturday by the ballpark, 11:00 registration, 12:00 p.m. start, double elimination. Contact Katie Madsen at 507-430-2913.
Kiss the Catfish Contest: Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Donations accepted throughout town. Who will kiss the catfish this year??? Brian (Baller) McCorquodale, Wendy (Wet Lips) Pederson, or Tasha (Trollin') Zieske??? Contact Katie Fox at 507-557-2233.
Craft & Vendor Show: Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Contact Tammy Mettling at 507-766-6738.
Music at the Park: Saturday; Sunday after the parade, by DJ Butler.
Kids Pedal Pull: Sanctioned tournament held on Sunday after the parade at Sacred Heart Church parking lot, approximately 3 p.m., contact Amy Koupal 507-557-2783.
Kids Waterball: Sunday after the parade on the street by the ballpark, approximately 3 p.m.
Raffle: Sponsored by the Franklin Community Development Corporation...1st Prize - $500, 2nd Prize - $300, 3rd/4th Prizes $100 each. Tickets available at area businesses and from Development Corporation Members. Drawing at 3:30 p.m. Sunday-you do not need to be present to win.
Church Services: Sunday at St. Luke's Lutheran and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Souvenirs and raffle tickets available at City Hall before and during Catfish Days:
T-Shirts, Caps, Pins, Can Coolers, Key Chains
~ Food Stands ~ Beer Wagons ~ Soft Drinks ~ Souvenirs ~
Thank you for supporting the local organizations and businesses!
2016 Catfish Days Results:
Miss Franklin: Erica Bock
Kiss the Catfish: Mandi Kerkhoff ~ $2097.53 to the Cougar Cub Daycare Center
Dev. Corp. Raffle:
$500 Bernaldo Davila, Fairfax, MN
$300 Katie Fox, Franklin, MN
$100 Benny Grosam, Fairfax, MN
$100 Dan Batdorf, Franklin, MN
1st Clobes $800
2nd B & S $500
3rd Handle Bar $300
Hard Luck Village Inn, $200
1 all sets are off $225
2 TK Taxidermy $165
3 tom ochs construction $115
4 Chris & acquaintances $75
5 ermaghed uneercorns $50
7 Stephens quality drywall
8 that's what she set
1 setsy six $150
2 cool af $115
3 Brady k's team $75
4 average joes $50
8 derby diggers
9 2 legit 2 hit
FRANKLIN LIONS FISHING CONTEST
1st Place, $100 – Lions. Trophy: Golden Living Center, Franklin
Winner: Tate Goodthunder, Redwood Falls, MN 41#, 1 oz.
2nd Place, $50 – Lions. Trophy: Franklin BP
Winner: Drew Dittbenner, Morgan, MN 31#, 14 oz.
3rd Place, $25 – Lions. Trophy: Morton BP
Winner: Josh Moe, Cottonwood, MN 31#, 2 oz.
4th Place, $25 – Lions. Trophy: City of Franklin
Winner: Andrew Fisher, Franklin, MN, 30#. 8 oz.
Ladies, $10 – Lions. Trophy: Palmyra Farmers Mutual Insurance
Winner: Jami Nelson, Redwood Falls, MN, 29#, 7 oz.
Junior (under 16) $10 – Lions. Trophy: South Central Grain & Energy
Winner: Brayden Scheer, Redwood Falls, MN 21#, 10 oz.
Boys (Under 10) $10 – Lions. Trophy: MN Valley Telephone Co
Winner: Colton Birkemeyer, Franklin, MN 11#, 0 oz.
Girls (Under 10) $10 – Lions. Trophy: Franklin State Bank
Winner: Eliza Bentson, Morton, MN 11#, 8 oz.
Largest Channel Cat $10 – Lions. Trophy: Meadowland Farmers Coop.
Winner: Chris Hattendorf, Ashton, IA 15#, 1 oz.
Number of Registered Fishermen: 182
Trivia ~ The largest tournament fish was 52 lbs., 5 oz. caught in 2013 by Steve Fisher
LARGEST CATFISH CAUGHT IN THE CATFISH DAYS FISHING CONTEST:
1976 William Bielke Morgan 28 lb., 4 oz.
1977 Dave Mude Morton 9 lb., 4 oz.
1978 Bob Headstrom Morgan 30 lb., 0oz.
1979 John Sperl Morton 11 lb., 2oz.
1980 Richard Peterman Sleepy Eye 11.43 lb.
1981 Steve Hjulberg Franklin 24lb., 12oz.
1982 Reginald Wood Franklin 15 lb., 5 oz.
1983 Ed Dagner New Ulm 23 lb., 9oz.
1984 Randy Tetrick Redwood Falls 27 lb., 0 oz.
1985 Joe Warner Redwood Falls 28 lb., 0 oz.
1986 Ed Dagner New Ulm 30 lb., 0 oz.
1987 Les Peterson Fremont, CA 23 lb., 4oz.
1988 Brian Guess Emmetsburg, IA 29 lb., 0 oz.
1989 Bob Reeves Winthrop 38 lb., 0 oz.
1990 Bob Headstrom Morgan 37 lb., 9 oz.
1991 Terry Johnson New Hope 39 lb., 8 oz.
1992 Jason Johnson Eagan 39 lb., 2 oz.
1993 Terry Johnson New Hope 34 lb., 4 oz.
1994 Dean Scheer No. Redwood 37 lb., 0 oz.
1995 Ryan Lawrenz Sleepy Eye 29 lb., 2 oz.
1996 Keith Grunke Franklin 44 lb., 0 oz.
Brent Koch Franklin
1997 Dean Scheer No. Redwood 33 lb., 14 oz
Mike Huston Granite Falls
1998 Mike Bratsch Redwood Falls 42 lb., 8 oz.
1999 Doug Marshall Bloomington 43 lb., 2 oz.
2000 David Bawden Morton 47 lb., 0 oz.
2001 Aaron Hyatt Milford, IA 46 lb., 8 oz.
2002 Levi Niswander Ocheyeden, IA 41 lb., 13 oz.
2003 Charles Scheer Redwood Falls 42 lb., 11 oz.
2004 Michelle Newburs Willmar 48 lb., 8 oz.
2005 Brian Schwarting Harris, IA 41 lb., 11 oz.
2006 Adam Kindler Redwood Falls 49 lb., 13 oz.
2007 Dave Tribble Redwood Falls 46 lb., 8 oz.
2008 Gordie Mach Zimmerman 47 lb., 0 oz.
2009 Tyler Stage Redwood Falls 49 lb., 0 oz.
2010 Adam Chmelar Redwood Falls 44 lbs., 3 oz.
2011 David Bawden Redwood Falls 44 lbs., 5 oz.
2012 Madison Whitcomb Litchfield 24 lbs., 7 oz.
2013 Steve Fisher South Haven 52 lbs. 5 oz.
2014 Chris Hattendorf Ashton, IA 46#, 14 oz.
2015 Cory Eckstein Sleepy Eye, MN 32#, 7 oz.
2016 Tate Godthunder Redwood Falls, MN 41#, 1 oz.
2016 D & S Kids Pedal Pull:
1st Jailee Dent, Springfield
2nd Ylo Rendon, Franklin
3rd Grady Kerkhoff, Redwood Falls
1st Connor Sullivan, Franklin
2nd Jett Prahl, Morton
3rd Jack Scharfencamp, Franklin
1st Ythan Rendon, Franklin
2nd Evy Heibel, Franklin
3rd Carter Dent, Springfield
1st Madelyn Portner, Courtland
2nd Kody Wensich, Morton
3rd Marlie Wildt, Morgan
1st Grace Sullivan, Franklin
2nd Chloe Victor, Fairfax
3rd Blake Visser, Willmar
1st Jack Dalien, Spicer
2nd Antonia Ruiz, Sleepy Eye
3rd Garret Wiese, Franklin
1st Dillan Gegner, Morgan
2nd Sydney Menk, Alexandria
3rd Lyan Rendon, Franklin
1st Jenna Schroeder, Fairfax
2nd Keegan Lorang, Morton
3rd Abigail Lee, Fairfax
Total Entries: 109
1st Jesse Koehn and Matt Verdos, $200
2nd Adam Kerkhoff and Eric Steffl, $100
3rd Devon Neis and Chris Cordova, $50
Catfish Days Chairman: Corey Gruendemann 507-240-0981
No dead fish will be accepted. Official determination is to be made by the tournament director.
Fishing hours are from 3:00 pm Friday through 12:00 noon on Sunday. Weigh-in is in Franklin from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday and from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Sunday.
Landmarks: East or downstream of Franklin to State Highway 4 Bridge (RM 177.6) and West or upstream of Franklin to Renville County Park #1 (RM 237.5).
It is unlawful for catfish to be transported in water taken from the Minnesota River. Catfish must be transported in prepared tap or well water and in containers with flow-through or aeration systems capable of accommodating the number and size of catfish transported.
Tournament entrants will be given the attached Instructions for Preparing, Changing, and Transporting Water and Catfish with their tournament registration number written on top. This must accompany any catfish transported to the weigh-in site and will act as the anglers "permit" to transport catfish to the weigh-in site.
Boat anglers shall observe a no wake rule where bank anglers are fishing
Culling - once a limit of fish has been reduced to possession, no culling or live well/stringer sorting is permitted. Fish released by individual anglers must be capable of holding themselves upright in the water and have a high probability of survival. Under no circumstances will a fish of questionable statue, likely to succumb to post-release mortality, be released (M.S. 6212.2600, Subd. 2)
Minnesota Statute, Chapter 84D prohibits:
Transportation of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species such as zebra mussel, on any public roadway
The placement of any watercraft or trailer into State waters that has any aquatic vegetation, zebra mussels, or prohibited invasive species attached
Minnesota Statutes 84D.10: Subdivision 4(a) states, “a person leaving waters of the state must drain boat related equipment holding water and live wells and bilges by removing the drain plug before transporting the watercraft and associated equipment on public roads.”
Under Minnesota Rules 6216, Water must also be drained from bait containers at infested waters. The drain plug and other water draining devices must be removed or open while on a public road.
*Tournament sponsors will require inspections of all watercraft when entering or leaving tournament waters. Inspectors will require a thorough search, inside and out, for the presence of any aquatic vegetation, and prohibited invasive species, including zebra mussels.
*No boat may be launched when entering tournament waters until all aquatic plant material, prohibited invasive species (e.g. zebra mussels), and regulated invasive species (e.g. spiny waterfleas), and unlisted invasive species (e.g. faucet snails) have been removed and properly disposed of and until all live wells and bilges have been drained.
*Participants must drain boat related equipment holding water and live wells and bilges by removing the drain plug before transporting the watercraft from tournament waters.
*Unwanted live bait may not be released into the water or dumped on shore. It must be disposed of in the trash.