The Annual Trigg County Country Ham Festival has celebrated country ham for 31 years. During the second weekend in October, this Friday through Sunday, the Kentucky county is alive with festivities surrounding Trigg's world-famous country hams, the process of creating a good ham and just good ol' country fun.
The celebration opens with a 9 a.m. ceremony Friday.
"There will be different music all during the day," said Thelma Fowler, Trigg County chairman.
The Nashville band, Milano, will perform Friday night and country sensation David Ball will continue to rock the crowd on Saturday night. The entire weekend will be filled with one musical contribution after another and all of it is open to the public, free of charge.
Friday is designated "Kid's Day," said Fowler, and West Cadiz Park in Trigg will be filled with their laughter.
Integra Bank hosts a "money in a haystack" contest where children up to 12 years old can dive into the action looking for real green in the golden stuff.
Who can resist a good old fashioned race? Then you throw in a few pigs! Yes, Trigg County will be hosting a pig race on Friday as well.
Top all this fun Friday action with train rides for the youngsters and a large petting zoo. There are even carnival rides for the young and the old and this fun doesn't stop on Friday-the rides will be going all weekend long.
Friday has more to offer than just fun for the younger ham festival revelers; there will be fireworks the whole family can enjoy.
If a slow, relaxing weekend is more up your alley, Trigg has you covered - there is an antique show and a tractor show Friday as well.
A quilt show is a sure fire way to take it easy and enjoy the county's beautiful craftsmanship. It will be held all weekend.
Of course no festival is complete without rides, but if carnival rides aren't your thing, maybe a few laps on a camel will make your day. These big beasts will be helping to celebrate country ham all weekend in Trigg County.
Saturday's fun will include a huge tractor pull at the recreational complex and a car show, said Fowler, and with live music and over 200 booths with arts, crafts, food and souvenirs, why stop celebrating?
"You name it, we got it," said Fowler.
Saturday is also the day that Trigg debuts their world-famous biscuit. It was in the Guinness Book of World Records for 16 years, said Fowler. It's huge! Cooked fresh Saturday morning, the biscuit will be served at noon by the folks at Helping Hands to benefit the organization's charity work.
Sunday brings the celebration home with a parade and the Spirit of the Ham Festival is awarded to an outstanding Trigg County citizen or organization.
Then there is the selection of Miss Trigg County. Each year the county votes for a new Miss Trigg from a group of ninth through 12th graders. The new queen will celebrate ham with the rest of the county at the parade.
It's hard to believe that such a large event began with only 30 booths back in 1977. Now the county celebrates with more than 84,000 people, only 4,000 of which are Trigg County residents.
With one event after another, the Trigg County Country Ham Festival promises to be a fun weekend for the whole family and everyone is invited over to Cadiz, Ky. to join in on the food, fun and love of a good country ham.
For more information see the Ham Festival's official website at www.hamfestival.com. Here you can find information on lodging during the festival, a map to Trigg County and a slew of information on the festival's history, including photos of past celebrations.