The 34th Annual World Catfish Festival was held Saturday in Belzoni. The weather was far from perfect for the festival but excitement was in the air to see who would be crowned the 2018 Miss Catfish. 7 beautiful contestants were competing for the title. Molly Tucker from Greenwood was contestant #1, Contestant #2 was Arin McIntyre of Drew, MS. Contestant #3 was Lexie Guion of Yazoo City. Contestant #4 Nikki Merchant of Greenwood, MS. #5 Katherine Keys of Ridgeland, MS. #6 was Amelie Goss of Indianola, MS. #7 Meagan Grisham of Isola, MS.
2018 Miss Catfish – #4 Nicole Merchant. Nicole graduated from Central Holmes Christian School and attends Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, majoring in Public Relations with a Minor in Marketing. She is the daughter of Paul and Tammy Merchant of Greenwood.
1st Runner Up – #3 Alexandra Louise “Lexie” Guion of Yazoo City. Lexie is the 20 year old daughter of Susan Cartwright Guion and Bill Guion. She is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Yazoo City. Lexie lives in Starkville, MS and attends Mississippi State University where she is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. After finishing Mississippi State she plans to go to Physical Therapy to achieve her dream of becoming a practicing Physical Therapist.
2nd Runner Up – #6 Amelie Goss of Indianola, MS. Amelie is formerly of Rolling Fork, Mississippi. She is 2017 graduate of Delta State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education. Amelie is an Assistant Teacher in a preschool classroom, and will begin her pursuit toward a graduate degree in Dyslexia Therapy later this year.
Miss Congeniality – #7 Megan Grisham is the 20 year old daughter of Steve and Julie Grisham. She is a native of Belzoni, MS and a graduate of Humphreys Academy. She is currently attending Mississippi Delta Community College and plans to attend Delta State University to work towards a business degree.