CADIZ, Ky. — Two hundred twenty-five vendors, one car show, a concert stage stocked with Nashville talent, a carnival and the one of the largest ham biscuits the world has ever known helped bring more than 30,000 people to Cadiz this weekend.

The 36th annual Trigg County Country Ham Festival may have been the “best one yet,” said Pam Alexander, a HamFest committee member. The festival also included a quilt show, contests, a pageant and much more.

The estimated attendance of 30,000 came from the Cadiz Police Department. A CPD news release also said there were no major incidents reported in Cadiz as part of the three-day event.

Crowds packed the streets Saturday afternoon and parking was scarce with cars parked on lawns and every lot full.

The vendors were open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and the carnival and concert stage stayed open into the evening hours. Streets were blocked off as thousands of people enjoyed this annual tribute to ham and all of the festival’s offerings.

Alexander said the featured act Saturday night was Confederate Railroad, a band from Nashville. She said Sunday morning brought a gospel sing-along featuring Second Coming.

The festival ended at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

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