One of the most famous events at the Trigg County Country Ham Festival is the making of the giant country ham biscuit.

Trigg County Helping Hands has been in charge of baking the biscuit for the past 15 years. Before then, the Trigg County Future Farmers of America baked the biscuit annually.

Phil and Peggy Graham are the directors of Helping Hands in Cadiz and in charge of making the biscuit Saturday morning in a special oven made by the Broadbents.

Peggy Graham said it is an honor to bake the biscuit each year.

"We enjoy it," she said. "We have been doing this for 15 years, and we will do it until we can't do it anymore."

The baking of what was formerly "The World's Largest Country Ham Biscuit" in the Guinness Book of World Records began in 1984 with a biscuit that was 6 feet in diameter.

Today's biscuit is about 10 to 10-and-a-half feet in diameter and uses about 100 pounds of country ham from Broadbent farms.

Although the Trigg County biscuit lost the World Record title to Smithfield, Virginia, in 2003, the biscuit remains a staple event for the festival.

The flour for the biscuit is donated by Sunflour in Hopkinsville and the buttermilk is donated by Purity.

Angela Killebrew from Trigg County Schools mixes the biscuit dough each year, and Broadbent farms sells the ham at cost to the organization.

Around 25 volunteers show up each year to help cook and sell the biscuit. The biscuit is cut up after baking and each portion is sold for $2.

During the making of the biscuit, Helping Hands also sells biscuits and gravy, slices and whole Broadbent hams, coffee, water and sodas all day. All proceeds from the sales go towards the Helping Hands Food Bank in Cadiz.

The cooking of the biscuit begins around 8 a.m. in the Bank of Cadiz parking lot Saturday morning. The biscuit is typically finished around 10:30 a.m., but Phil Graham said it may be delayed by the weather this year. Biscuit portions are first come, first serve and typically sell out during the day on Saturday.

Vendor spotlight

D's BBQ will be selling its popular barbecue treats again this year at the ham festival, along with about 15 other food vendors.

David Lancaster and Doodlebug Fuller are the men behind D's BBQ and are excited to bring some new items to the festival this year.

"We will have our barbecue sandwiches, pork chops and brisket," Lancaster said. "This year we will also have barbecue nachos and barbecue parfaits."

Lancaster said a barbecue parfait is baked beans, barbecue pork and barbecue sauce layered in a cup.

Fuller said he is most excited to bring their pork and brisket to the festival.

"We are hoping that the weather holds out and there is a good crowd this year," Lancaster said.

D's BBQ will be in the food court on Marion Street both Friday and Saturday.

During the rest of the year, D's BBQ food truck can be found at Consignment World on Fridays and at other special events throughout the year.

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