“I think it went great,” said this year’s Ham Festival Chairwoman, Thelma Fowler. “The vendors were happy and all want to come back next year. I’ve heard so many good comments in the past couple of days.”
Despite the fact that there were no places to sit where the courthouse used to be and no vendors on Monroe Street and Court Street, the crowds did not seem to slacken this year. At the opening ceremony on Friday morning, Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries noted that the courthouse area would be blocked off this year and one more October at the least.
“We’ll get the bugs worked out and we’ll make it even better next year,” he said.
As usual, West Cadiz Park was packed with children and their parents for the carnival. Although carnival games didn’t appear to get as much attention as the rides, there were constant lines for rides such as the Gravitron, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the merry-go-round, the swings and the sack slide. Also popular was the petting zoo, which was right next to a camel that many children couldn’t wait to hop onto. Several pig races were also held at the petting zoo, in which kids excitedly cheered while the announcer gleefully spouted corny pig puns.
At the Cadiz Baptist Church activity building, the Trigg County Quilters Guild held their annual show, where attendees were once again amazed by the intricacy of many of the works and voted on their favorites. Quilter Bobbie Musick said that the members had also crafted about 40 handmade stuffed pigs, which “sold like hotcakes,” and were gone by the middle of Saturday afternoon. Viewers also got a look at this year’s guild challenge, which had the theme, “How About Kentucky?”
Outside the Janice Mason Art Museum, artist Sig Skundberg drew grids of a couple of classic paintings and children, as well as a few older people, filled in the colors with chalk.
Read a full recap of the 31st Annual Country Ham Festival in your Cadiz Record.