Rodger Bingham, more commonly known as “Kentucky Joe” on CBS’s reality series “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” came to the Lake Barkley State Resort Park dining room to officially kick off the festival at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer was originally slated to speak at the festival, however a prior obligation prevented his attendance.
“I am honored to be a small part of the Trigg County Country Ham Festival,” Bingham said in a statement prior to his appearance.
Bingham is a lifelong Kentucky resident and has been in several different fields over his broad career. From farmer to banker to real estate developer, he has had his hand in many pots over the years.
During his time on the television show, he managed to “survive” 36 of 42 days in the outback and stand as one of the final five contestants before he was voted off the show. Since that time he has made many public appearances and been appointed to the office of Deputy Executive Director of Agriculture Marketing and Product Promotion with the Department of Agriculture.
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