The community’s award-winning country ham and biscuit and its Pork Chop Revue are making a return this year as plans continue for the 2021 Trigg County Country Ham Festival.
Canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus, this year’s festival is slated for Oct. 8-9 in downtown Cadiz and as of now is expected to take place on schedule.
“The festival has been a part of Cadiz and Trigg County for 45 years,” noted Casey Parrent, executive director of the Main Street Program, observing that everyone in the community pulls together to make the event a success for local residents and tourists alike.
Parrent said the breakfast traditionally hosted by the Trigg County Chamber of Commerce to kick off the festival has been canceled, but the awards ceremony will continue. It is slated for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Renaissance Stage in downtown Cadiz.
Vendor booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8-9, on that Friday and Saturday, Parrent said. Rides will be operational from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10.
Entertainment will include performances by the Live Wire Band at 5 p.m. and the Jimmy Church Band at 7:30 p.m., both on Friday.
On Saturday, musician Adam Warner will perform at 5 p.m., followed by Jake Hoot, Season 17 winner of “The Voice,” at 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks will follow the Jake Hoot concert.
Parrent said the entertainment will start on each day with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“On Friday morning, Trigg Tots and Cadiz Baptist Church Christian Academy will sing,” she continued. “Then we will have people singing throughout the day, along with WKDZ (Radio) doing announcements and broadcasting live.”
Additionally, Cadiz Baptist Church will offer free kids’ events in its parking lot Friday.
The Pork Chop Revue, a pig show featuring dressed up porkers who perform tricks and pose with festival-goers for pictures, takes place on Friday and Saturday, Parrent said.
She noted that the shows are at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., on both days, and people will have an opportunity to meet and greet some famous animals in between the shows.
Together with the country ham and biscuit, the revue is one of the annual festival’s very popular offerings, according to Parrent.
She noted that the ham and biscuit, billed as the world’s largest, is available on Saturday.
Cut into some 2,000 smaller biscuits, it typically sells out to patrons by noon each year, the organizers who prepare it say.
Saturday’s activities also include an obstacle course provided by the Trigg-Lyon Volunteer Fire Department that will focus on fire safety.
Parrent said organizers want everyone to come to this year’s ham festival and have a great time while also being safe.
Those attending are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and sanitizing stations will be available. People will not be made to mask or asked to leave if they are not wearing masks.
Parrent noted that more than 200 vendors are participating in the 2021 ham festival.
For more information, call Cadiz City Hall at 270-522-8244.
Sponsors for this year’s festival include the City of Cadiz, the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist Commission, WKDZ Radio and others.
The chamber is hosting the awards ceremony, and the Helping Hands of Trigg County food bank is making the biscuit.
Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or email@example.com.