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 40,000 visitors and acts as an agent for community empowerment.
The event began nearly 44 years ago, and started with a mere six hams. Today, Ham Days serves over 4,500 pounds of country ham with over 500 of Marion County volunteers. At Ham Days, volunteers cook a country ham breakfast that is served to visitors under the 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 Marion County 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 few local talented community members will perform on the Makers Mark / Kentucky Cooperage Main Stage during the WLSK FM Idol.
Following the WLSK FM Idol, help us welcome Nashville recording artist JD Shelburne (www.jdshelburne.com) to the MainStage! Thanks to The City of Lebanon for inviting JD into town to help us celebrate Ham Days and the Bicentennial of Lebanon, Kentucky!
Be sure to head back to Lebanon on Sunday for the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show presented by State Farm Insurance, Erica Barnes Agent and more live entertainment! The Honeysuckle String Band will take the stage at 10am until noon! Local band, No Deceit will wrap up the festival beginning at 12:30pm until 4pm! Plan to stay the weekend in Marion County so you are sure not to miss a thing!
There’s so much to do, we start Ham Days pre-week with daily events featuring a Treasure Hunt sponsored by The City of Lebanon, 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!
The Long anticipated wait is over. Runners can now register for the Tri-County Trifecta. The link to these three signature 5ks is www.tricountytrifecta.com. The United Way Spirit 5k is in Bardstown during the Bourbon Festival will go off on Saturday September 19th, the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig will be the next Saturday on September 26th in Lebanon during Ham Days and the final leg will be held on October 3rd, the very next Saturday, when the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Sorghum Shuffle takes place during the annual Sorghum Festival. Great fun and great prizes, we hope you can run/walk all three for the first annual Tri-County Trifecta sponsored by your Tri-County Kentucky United Way.
The Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Run/Walk during Ham Days will feature a mixed medium course through the streets of downtown Lebanon and Graham Memorial Park. (Please note that part of the race is on gravel.)
Date: September 26, 2015 Registration Location: FNB Annex Building, 128 West Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033 Registration Window: 6:45a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Race Start: 8:00a.m.
• The race course is certified by USA Track and Field making it one of the few in area.
• Race Shirts included for the first 750 registrants
• Times Given at the 1 mile and 2 mile markers
• Water Station at 2 Miles
• 6” Digital Time Clock Display at race finish line
• Race time will be monitored and recorded using chip timing
• Fruit and water available at the finish line
• Ambulance to follow race provided by the Marion County Ambulance Service
• Men's and Women's Overall Pigasus Awards
• Best First Year Award
• Best Marion County Resident Award
• 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards given in each age group
Pre-registration: Single $20.00
Group $16.00 (applies to groups of 20 or more, call for instructions)
Family $50.00 (Maximum of 4 runners, same household required)
Race Day Registration: $25.00
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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.