Festival Committee Chair Thelma Fowler said that one of the big attractions this year is the country group Shenandoah, who will be performing at 6:00 on Saturday night, Oct. 14. Shenandoah had a few hit singles in the late 1980s and early 90s, including “She Doesn’t Cry Anymore” and “Stop the Rain.” They will be playing on the main stage at Renaissance Square. More than 20 other performers will also play music on the stage and many of them are local talent.
Before the main events begin, Thursday night will be wristband night at the West Cadiz Park. On Friday and Saturday, people will need to buy tickets, but on Thursday festivalgoers can buy a wristband and ride all the carnival rides they want. Fowler said the park would have “every carnival ride you can think of.”
The petting zoo is also in the park and kids can ride ponies too. There will also be a canoe race hosted by the Boy Scouts. As usual, kids can compete in the Money in the Haystack contest and have a blast in the straw maze, which is constructed out of bales of hay. The Army National Guard will be having something fun in the park too. Last year they brought a rock wall, but Fowler said she doesn’t know what they’ll bring this year yet. Another attraction for kids is an inflatable playground from Hopkinsville’s Backyard Bouncers, which is sponsored by Heritage Bank and will be in Renaissance Square.
There are some festival staples that can always be counted on. There are the Miss and Mrs.Trigg County contests and baby contests. There’s the horseshoe pitch and the hog-calling contest. Helping hands will once again be cooking the Giant Biscuit on that Saturday. There’s the car show. And, of course, what would a Ham Festival be without the judging of the Grand Champion Ham on Saturday morning and the parade?
Don’t forget about the food. There will be many booths scattered around town. Fowler said the Bloomin’ Onion is one of the more popular ones.
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