Kevin Atwood, president of the Cadiz/Trigg County Chamber of Commerce, who sponsored the event, welcomed everyone and thanked the students of Lake Barkley Christian Academy for providing the colorful place mats at all the tables.
Festival Chairwoman Thelma Fowler and Treasurer Pam Alexander approached the podium to present the George Bleidt and Marvin Broadbent, Jr. “Spirit of Ham Festival” Award. Alexander said the award always goes to the person who best exemplifies the hard work it takes to put on the festival.
“Our goal is to provide better, improved Ham Festival every year,” Alexander said. “Without these people, we would not be able to have this festival that we love so much.”
The award was given to Melissa Noel for work booking the booths.
Cindy Allen presented the Farmer of the Year Award to Robert McAtee. She listed the many committees McAtee has been a part of over the years, including the library, saying he was instrumental in building the John L. Street Library. She said that in the early 1970s, he campaigned for taxes to keep the hospital running. He now has a farm of 1,200 pigs, which Allen said was one of the last big hog farms in Kentucky.
“All of Trigg County deserves this,” McAtee said as he accepted the award. “I don’t deserve this.”
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