On Saturday, September 9, 2023, prepare to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the 2nd Annual Catfish Derby & Riverfest, located in charming Historic Downtown Savannah, Tennessee. This eagerly awaited event promises a day of pure enjoyment, showcasing an exceptional blend of sensational live music from award winning songwriters and musicians, delectable cuisine, and endless entertainment.

  • Admission to the vendor booth area is FREE, and set up begins at 8 am.
  • Lawn chairs are encouraged.
  • The concert admission gate opens at noon, and a ticket is required to enter.
  • The ticket price is $30.
  • Free admission for kids 5 & under.
  • No pets.
  • To purchase tickets to the Catfish Derby & Riverfest Concert, visit EVENTBRITE. Tickets can also be purchased at Savannah City Hall, 140 Main Street, Savannah, TN.


AUGUST 27, 2023

The National Catfish Derby Pageants take place on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at the historic Savannah Theater in downtown Savannah, TN. The pageant is a preliminary to the 2024 Strawberry Festival Pageant in Humboldt, TN.

General Admission $5.00 (children 5 & under free)

Applications should be mailed or dropped off at:
Savannah Main Street
140 Main Street
Savannah, TN 38372

by close of business on August 25, 2023. Early application IS PREFERRED, however, entries will be accepted BEFORE check in the day of the pageants.

Pageant Entry Fees

Pageant Entry Fee $20
Most Photogenic (pictures must be turned in with registration) $5
Prettiest Eyes $5
Best Hair $5

The entry fee is $20 and $5 for the photogenic category, with checks payable to Renaissance Committee.

The pageants will begin on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at 2 pm.

Pageant Schedule

Jr. Baby Show – 0-12 months, Boys & Girls (Sunday Best Attire Only) 2:00 pm
Baby Show – 12 to 23 months, Boys & Girls (Sunday Best Attire Only) 2:10 pm
Tiny Tot – 2-3 Years Old, Boys & Girls, (Sunday Best Attire Only) 2:20 pm
Little Miss Catfish Derby – 4-5 years (Pageant Attire Only) 2:30 pm
Princess Miss Catfish Derby – 6-8 Years (Pageant Attire Only) 2:40 pm
Pre-Teen Miss Catfish Derby – 9-12 Years (Pageant Attire Only) 2:50 pm
Teen Ms. Catfish Derby – 13-15 Years (Pageant Attire Only) 3:00 pm
Miss Catfish Derby – 16-20 Years (Pageant Attire Only) 3:10 pm

For more information, contact Main Street Director Stephanie Timbes.
Email: mainstreet@cityofsavannah.com
Phone: 731-607-3303.


Come be part of the first-ever Catfish Derby & Riverfest 5K on September 2 (that’s the weekend BEFORE the concert). It is going to be FANTASTIC! The race will start at the main entrance of Tennessee Street Park in Savannah, TN. The race begins at 9 am, with registration/check-in at 8 am.

The first 100 pre-registrations will receive a t-shirt!

Awards include:

  • Top 3 Overall Male & Female
  • Top 3 Male & Female age 50 & over
  • The top 1 Male & Female will receive a medal in:
    • Under 10
    • 10-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 1st Place 70 & over
    • 1st Place Wheelchair

Pick up a form and enter at Savannah City Hall, or download the form here and drop it off at Savannah City Hall.


The night before the big concert on September 8 from 9 pm until 1 am, musical hosts The Band Loula will be playing a pre-show at Freddy T’s Club 50 in Pickwick.


Music begins on September 9 at 2 pm and rocks until finished!

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show!


  • Chick-Fil-A Mobile
  • Bamm’s Doughburgers
  • Flashy Funnel Cakes
  • Volunteer Fry Co.
  • Liquid Hitch
  • Kool Kravings
  • Budweiser Trailer
  • Local craft vendors

All adults 21 and older who intend to consume alcohol will be required to show valid photo ID as proof of age upon entry to the concert. No outside coolers, food, or beverages will be permitted.

No pets allowed.