Cadiz City Clerk Barbie Johnson said the city is looking forward to welcoming Darlene Butts on board as the new Main Street director.

A longtime resident of Cadiz, Butts replaces Casey Parrent, who is resigning but will continue to work through the weekend of the Trigg County Country Ham Festival.

The festival is slated for Oct. 8-9.

Johnson said Butts will work part-time in her new position until Oct. 11, when she becomes a full time employee for the City of Cadiz.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Johnson, who noted that Butts has a lot of experience with event planning and loves the community.

“She is such a positive energy,” added the clerk, who said Butts was one of a lot of qualified people who applied for the position.

Johnson said the city appreciates all the applicants who were interested in the job.

Because of the large number of people applying, she said it took a while to fill the job.

Johnson noted that Butts was the best choice, and she said the transition to a new Main Street director should be an easy one.

She said officials expect that the new director will continue the traditions of the local position, which is not affiliated with the state Main Street Program that revitalizes downtowns in Kentucky communities.

“We haven’t been a part of the Main Street Program in quite some time,” Johnson said.

Like Parrent, Butts’ duties will include decorating the downtown area for holidays, taking care of the Cadiz-Trigg County Farmer’s Market and the Junque Fest, serving as director of the annual ham festival and acting as liaison for downtown businesses.

And like Parrent, Butts has a very positive attitude that will serve her well as director.

Johnson said Butts previously was the culinary specialist and advisor for Ingram Marine Group in Paducah.

Butts has lived in Cadiz for 50 years.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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