Catfish Races are BACK!

Winner for 2019...
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Non-Profit Catfish Races will be held on September 25th @ 7pm

Community Catfish Races will be held on September 26th @ 6pm

What are catfish races? 

Once you arrive, you/your team will strategically pick out your catfish from the catfish pool. Of  course this catfish will be the fastest catfish of all.  

The catfish are then placed in a run and when released the catfish will race to the end of the run. The first catfish to touch the other end of the run is the winner of that heat.

A person will sit at the end of each tank and raise their flag once the catfish touches its nose to the end of the tank. Flags begin going up as fast so keep your eyes open. At that time a winner is announced for that heat.

The person of the winning fish gets various prizes/trophies.

Anyone can enter the races simply by sponsoring a fish for a twenty-five dollar fee. You can appoint a stand-in or actually handle your own catfish. Businesses can form teams and cheer their fish, to varying degrees of success!

There will be 6 runs so 6 fish can compete at a time.  If there are more than 12 entries in the first round we have a second round to determine the winner.  We will have as many rounds as necessary to determine one fish as the winner. The final winner will receive a trophy to commemorate their victory. 

Want to sponsor a catfish? 

2019 Catfish  Race Lineup


Marley Homes ~ "Bottom Feeder"

Blue Real Estate Group ~ " Big Blue"

Carolina Catfish Festival Pick ~ Nugget

I Love Gastonia ~ "Lovie"

Dub Day Pick ~ "Herbie"

Best Little Hair House in Dallas ~ "Cat Stevens"

Tommys Drive In ~ "Corn Cob"

McKenney Chevrolet ~ "Razor"

Advanced Appliance Service ~ "Advanced Turbo"

Ash Smith ~ "Carp A DeYUM"

Campaign to Elect Todd Pierceall ~ "Blew By You"

2018 Catfish Race Lineup

Blue Real Estate Group ~" Big Blue"

McKenney Chevrolet ~ "Razor"

Campaign to Elect Todd Pierceall ~ "Blew By You"

#ilovegastonia ~ " Jelly" 

Barron Smith, Team ~ "Who Dat Fish"

Fall Festival's Pick ~ "Pickle"

Advanced Appliance Service ~ "Chris P. Fish"

Fraley Memorial Baptist Church ~ "Moses" - So fast he parts the water!

Marley Homes ~" Anonymous"

Rockin Realty ~ 

Tire Country ~ "Roadkill"

My Big Sisters Closet ~ "Big Sis"

Eastridge Mall ~ "The BEASTridge"


Ash Smith ~ "Carp A. DeYUM"

Gaston Fence Co ~ "Barb-ra Wire"

Olde Dallas Brewery ~ "George"

The Thomas Cricket Smith Foundation ~ "Cricket"

Moss Realty ~ "Mossy the House Cat"

Buddy Harper Realty ~ "The Closer"

Outer Banks Vape Shoppe ~ "OBVS Choice"

Local UAW 5286 ~ "Labor Kat"

HouseMaster ~ "Inspector Gadget w/Housemaster"

Fairway Independent Mortgage ~ "Fairway Fin"

Dallas Paint and Glass ~ "Travis" In memory of Corporal Travis Wells

Rockin Realty Inc~ "MAX" 

Gaston Regional Chamber ~ " Captain Fishstick"

Superior Painting and Home Improvement ~ "Flying Freddy" 


Reliable Home Appliance Center ~ 

UAW ~ "UAW Labor Kat"

Gaston Eggheads ~ "

Superior painting & home improvements ~ "Flying Freddy"

Bess Realty LLC ~ "Under Contract"

Wild Wing Cafe ~ "Sharyn Hooks"