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Posted: April 24, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Newborn's Horneyhead Fish Fest Saturday

Ah, the horneyhead chub. You know, those minnow-like fish with the little horns on their heads. Well, maybe you don't.
Now, while most people use these little guys for the unflattering job of bait fish, the townsfolk of Newborn give the chubs their own festival.

The tradition started in the mid-1990s and once gathered around 5,000 people when television personality LeRoy Powell attended the annual fishing competition, said Newborn resident Buddy Rowe, who helped found the event.

It hasn't had more than 15 attendees the past few years, but the town is reviving the festival this year from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday at the Newborn Community Center, 4326 Ga. Highway 142. For a full list of events, visit newbornschoolhouse.org and click on the festival tab.

The event will feature a fishing tournament beginning at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $10, which also includes admission to the fish fry, and the winner with the largest fish will be featured in the Pied Piper Parade starting at noon. Anyone can participate in the parade, which will go around downtown.

The festival will also feature a flea market, arts and crafts booths, live music and children's activities and plenty of food. Melanie and Julio of WMOQ (92.3 FM) in Monroe will broadcast live from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Every town should have something. Since we've been doing this for years, why not let it be the Newborn Horneyhead Festival," said Rowe.

By the way, if you were wondering, the chubs taste like trout and Rowe says they're good fried.

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