The last full weekend in September celebrates the Marion County Country Ham Days, a "Kentucky Top-Ten Event", hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce along with its business partners and volunteers. The festival welcomes over 50,000 visitors and acts as an agent for community empowerment.
The event began nearly 40 years ago, and started with a mere six hams. Today, Ham Days serves over 6,000 pounds of country ham with over 1,000 of Marion County volunteers. At Ham Days, volunteers cook a country ham breakfast that is served to visitors under the Dunn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Breakfast Tent. For lunch or dinner, you can grab some beans and cornbread, a pork sandwich or a brat from the Knights of Columbus or steak from The Cattlemen’s Association. An ice cream, fried twinkie, gyro, funnel cake or the best hot dog in town are also served from our many food vendors.
Musical groups are often hammin’ it up in every corner of the Ham Days festival. On Saturday, following the parade a Karaoke Contest along with Elvis Impersonator, Caleb Brown, will take place on the Kentucky Cooperage, Makers Mark Main Stage. On Sunday morning the Kentucky Cooperage, Makers Mark Main Stage will be blessed with Marion County's own The Honeysuckle Stringband followed by No Deceit for the duration of the festival. John Mikkiah Thompson from Shelbyville, Indiana is an 18 year old autistic child that didn't speak until the age of 8. At the age of 5, his father introduced him to music and at the age of 6 he began to mimic the sounds he would hear. John has taught himself to play the organ, violin, guitar, drums & harp. By the time he was 8, he could listen to a song and play it back the same day! At the age of 18 he now sings each weekend at a church or local venue sharing his gift of music & song, please join us in listening to some wonderful gospel music on Sunday morning, 8:30am-10:00am.
Ernie Brown Jr., A.K.A. Turtleman will be participating in the Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade on Saturday, September 28th at 1:00pm. Immediately following the Pigasus Parade, Turtleman will be on the Makers Mark / Ky Cooperage MainStage for a short appearance allowing his fans to snap photos of Turtleman and his Team! There will be an organized Meet & Greet beginning at 4:00pm in front of the Dave Hourigan Government Building, located at 223 N. Spalding Ave in Lebanon. The Meet & Greet will END promptly at 8pm, NO EXCEPTIONS.
There’s so much to do, we start Ham Days pre-week with daily events featuring a Treasure Hunt, Community Worship Service, Slop-the-Hog Ham & Biscuit eating contest, Swine & Dinepub crawl and a Pig Pen relay race and poster contest for local elementary students. Lots of family fun and exhibits! We invite you to join us!
-Race Shirts free to the first 500 registrants
-Times Given at 1 Mile
-Water Station and Times at 2 Miles
-Ambulance to follow race provided by the Marion County Ambulance Service
-6” Digital Time Clock Display at race finish line
-Race time will be monitored and recorded using chip timing
-Massage therapists will be on site after the race to give sport massages
Race day registration will begin at 6:45 am to 7:45 am with the race beginning at 8:00 am at Farmers National Bank:
-Single pre-registration: $20.00
-Group pre-registration: $16.00
(applies to groups of 20 or more)
-Family discount: $45.00 (pre-registered parents and their children)
-Race day: $25.00
We are continually trying to improve and enhance the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K. The race course is certified by USA Track and Field making it one of the few in area.
Little Miss Ham Days will receive a crown, sash and a 1st place champion ribbon. Jr. Farmer will receive a trophy and a 1st place champion ribbon. Winners will ride in the PIGasus Parade at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 270-692-9594.