Ham Days in Marion County, KY!

September 27-28, 2014
*Click here to download a map and schedule of events.
*Click here to download the schedule of events

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.


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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.

Turtle Man


Ham Days contributes its success for having something to please everyone - be it the food, music or Arts and Crafts booths, Market Place booths, Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show presented by State Farm Insurance, Erica Barnes Agent, the Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade, Carnival Rides, Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Fun Run/Walk and lots of activities for children! Festival activities include a hay-bale toss competition, pedal-pull and multiple children’s contests dubbed with a ham-related themes.

Click here to register for Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show!

Click here to register for Children and Youth Contests!

The Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade will take place September 28 at 1 p.m. Click here to view the rules and regulations for the Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade!

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 & Dine pub 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!

Click here for a full schedule of events leading up to Ham Days Weekend.


Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Run/Walk

Ham Days Pokey Pig 5k Run/Walk On September 27, 2014, the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Run/Walk will feature a mixed medium course through the streets of downtown Lebanon and Graham Memorial Park.

Race highlights:

-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.

2011 Pokey Pig Ham Days Route MapPrint the Entry Form
Pokey Pig Ham Days Route MapPrint the Farmer's National Bank Pokey Pig Race Map.


Little Miss Ham Days & Tommy Burress Jr. Farmer

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.

2011 Little Miss and Jr. Farmer Ham Days ApplicationPrint the Little Miss and Jr. Farmer Application.


Ham Days Exhibitor Applications

Arts and Craft | Civic Row | Market Place

Arts and Crafts Booth Application

To exhibit at the 2014 Ham Days, you can register online and submit your payment using Paypal. Click here to register online!

Ham Days Arts and Crafts Booth Registration
You can also print and complete the registration form, and mail it to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce along with your registration fee.

 

 

Civic Row Application

To exhibit at the 2014 Ham Days, you can register online and submit your payment using Paypal. Click here to register online!

Ham Days Civic Row Booth Application
You can also print and complete the registration form, and mail it to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce along with your registration fee. Print the Civic Row Booth Application.

 

Market Place Booth Application

To exhibit at the 2014 Ham Days, you can register online and submit your payment using Paypal. Click here to register online!

Market Place Booth Application
You can also print and complete the registration form, and mail it to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce along with your registration fee. Print the Market Place Booth Application.

 


2014 Ham Days Sponsors

As a business, there are several ways you can sponsor this event. Choose platinum, gold, silver or bronze level, or support Ham Days with a custom donation.

http://www.fnblebanon.com/
http://www.springviewhospital.com
   
   

Click to learn more about sponsoring this and other Marion County Chamber events!