Ham Fest attempts something new this year
by Jake Lowary -- jlowary@cadizrecord.com
Jul 27, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Ham Festival Committee met Monday for a regular meeting in which they discussed attempting a nationwide trend that will likely bring more interest from the community.

Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar said that Mayor Lyn Bailey had proposed the idea of doing festive painted pigs, similar to the horses that are on display in Louisville.

“We are what we are and we are all about pigs,” Sholar said.

Therefore it was resolved by the committee that concrete pigs would be sold at a cost of $100 to anyone interested. The pigs would then have to be painted and the best would be voted on by the committee and given an award.

The pig would also be adorned with the designs for two years including a brass plaque telling who the pig belongs to and what design it is. Most of the committee members welcomed the idea warmly and expected nothing but goof things to come.

In addition Jerry Sholar, who along with Barbara Futrell is planning the musical portion of the festival, announced that Jeff Bates, an up and coming country music star, will be the headlining act on Saturday evening. Bates currently has a top-20 hit with “Long, slow kisses” and is expected to release a new single later this year.

Sholar said the committee was lucky to book such a hot act, as Bates’ popularity is growing by the day.
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