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 43 years ago, and started with a mere six hams. Today, Ham Days serves over 5,000 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 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 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.
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!
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 27, 2014 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.