The Ham Festival October 2015
History of Festival
The Ham Festival is in its 40th year of celebration! So how did celebrating a “ham” come about? Below is brief history of how it all began:
Prior to 1977, Farm-City week culminated in a bar-b-que dinner with a baking contest for county residents. While this was a wonderful time of fellowship and fun for the locals, it did not seem to be quite enough. University of Kentucky Agriculture Extension Agent, John Fourquean, did some brainstorming with other people in his office and two long time residents of the county, George Bleidt and Marvin Broadbent, Jr. It seemed that many other rural areas had festivals in either the spring or fall. Trigg County needed one also!!!! Thus came the first Trigg County Country Ham Festival. Trigg County has long been noted for its delicacy – the country ham. A festival to preserve the craft of curing hams seemed only appropriate. The first festival was held in downtown Cadiz, Oct. 20-22, 1977. There were approximately 30 booths, 22 entries in the Ham Show and Judging Contest, a rocking chair marathon and a Political Tricycle Race won by Judge Executive Zelner Cossey.By 1982, 70 attractions and events made the Ham Festival, and the first parade was held.1983 saw activities begin to build. Governor John Y. Brown attended the Rotary Club’s Invitational Ham Run. Former NFL player, and Trigg County native, Coy Bacon was the first parade grand marshall. Rose Traughber began her reign as Miss Triggy.The World’s Largest Country Ham and Biscuit debuted in 1985. The 4,000 pound biscuit was documented by the Guiness Book of World Records. A crowd of over 15,000 people were on hand to view the biscuit and parade with Grand Marshall, University of Kentucky Basketball Coach, Joe B. Hall.
Cunningham Hog Killin'Many people have never seen a “hog killin’.” We are very lucky that Mrs. Hayden Cunningham has kept a pictorial detail of a family hog killing in December 1974.
As a child I remember the hustle and bustle a few days before and the day of hog killing and for the next few days… Click to read more