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Ham Fest

Cadiz, Ky., held their 40th annual Trigg County Country Ham Festival this month in downtown Cadiz. The massive festival is home to over 200 vendor booths, carnival rides, a petting zoo and great food.

Entertainment is set all along Main Street with arts and crafts, antiques, a car show, quilt show, 4-H exhibits, the country ham contest and fireworks. The festival was voted top three “Best Annual Festival” in Kentucky two years in a row.

Trigg County has long been noted for its delicacy, the country ham. A festival to preserve the craft of curing hams seemed only appropriate to the residents of Trigg County.

Since 1978, curing county ham is celebrated with a parade, contests, games and rides as well as a horse and mule pull, kiss the pig contests, musical entertainment and a petting zoo.

The first festival was held in downtown Cadiz in 1977 with approximately 30 booths and 22 entries in the Ham Show and Judging Contest. Just five years later, the festival had grown to over 70 attractions and they introduced the first parade. Former NFL Player and Trigg County native, Coy Bacon, was the first parade grand marshal. By 1985, the festival introduced the Worlds Largest County Ham and Biscuit.

The 4,000-pound biscuit was documented by the Guiness Book of World Records, marking its place in history. A crowd of over 15,000 people was on hand to view the biscuit and parade with Grand Marshall, University of Kentucky Basketball coach, Joe B. Hall.

The festival quickly grew in popularity, becoming what it is today, celebrating 40 years of curing ham.

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