Spotlight on a County

Administration Building, Room 321

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7298


Virginia Grimes


Spotlight on a County

From the World’s Biggest Fish Fry to boating on Kentucky Lake, you’ll find fun and excitement in Paris and Henry County.


The Springtime is especially “buzzing” in Paris and Henry County! While there is always something to do or see in Henry County, everyone is ready to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather and the spring activities in the community!


If you have never been to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, add that to your spring “to do” list for April 19-27, 2014! If you have been, we hope to see you again this year! SO much goes on throughout Fish Fry week. Of course the grand parade is a major attraction, with thousands of people from all across the country, on the parade route yearly. Other activities that week include catfish races, small fry parade, fishing rodeo, IPRA rodeo, arts and crafts, street dances, a 5k hushpuppy dash, demolition derby, the fish tent and of course, a carnival. Five tons of catfish is served annually in the fish tent! Bring your family and enjoy the fun!


Fishing, boating and Kentucky Lake is also a major attraction to Henry County. Kentucky Lake is the second largest man-made lake in the United States, with an excellent fishery and more than enough fishing holes to support major tournaments, locals and visitors. It offers the sportsman a wide variety of challenging fish species. Paris Landing State Park, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Land Between the Lakes boast even more exciting outdoor adventures. Many fishing tournaments take place at Paris Landing, with new ones being scheduled every year!


Our downtown is a beautiful place to visit! Besides being beautiful itself, the stores on the square are fantastic! You can spend the day going door to door visiting the shops, having lunch, shopping some more, getting ice cream, more shopping, afternoon coffee and so much more. From antique shops to clothing stores, gift shops, shoes and jewelry shops and novelty stores, the downtown square has got it! If you are still in the mood for more shopping, there are many other places in Paris and Henry County to go!


The Paris Winery is also a “must see” on your visit to Paris. Stop by and sample their delicious wines and enjoy lunch or dinner in “Ruggerio’s Italian Bistro” inside the winery. Throughout the spring and summer, the Winery also has “Concerts in the Vineyard” and Mystery dinner theaters on the weekends. They provide so much fun in a relaxing atmosphere. Check out their website for upcoming dates!


You must also stop by the Eiffel Tower in Paris to have your picture taken! Located in Memorial Park, this 60 foot steel Eiffel tower landmark is located at the front entrance of this family fun park.


Children will enjoy the many parks, the downtown water fountain, as well as events at the W.G. Rhea public library, such as “Fancy Nancy” tea parties, “Handy Manny” day, Saturday “Lego Leagues”, Teen Nights and the summer reading program. Our Parks and Rec department also have many children’s activities from children’s camps, swimming lessons, sports of all types, summer children’s theater, triathlons, park rentals and much, much more.


So many other events take place in the Spring and Summer in Henry County. I can’t begin to name them all. Fun for the entire family! We have so much to offer and I personally am so proud to be a Henry Countian!


I would be remiss if I didn’t include the Henry County Fair dates in this spotlight. So, mark your calendars for August 2nd- 9th and come for another visit to Henry County!


We hope to see you this spring! For more information on events, hotels, dining and shopping visit the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce website at and like the chamber’s Facebook page at “Paris, TN- Henry County Chamber of Commerce”


By: Michele Atkins, WestStar Alumni Council and Class of 2013

Spotlight on a County

From the World’s Biggest Fish Fry to boating on Kentucky Lake, you’ll find fun and excitement in Paris and Henry County.

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