The Ham Festival sign near Hancock’s is finished, and decorations are almost finished, although there are a few mums that still need to be put out, Underhill said.
Although downtown Main Street typically closes at 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the festival, this year the street is being closed off at 2 p.m. because the organizers need more time, said Underhill.
The drawing for prizes will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, those who want prizes, including a top prize of $500 in cash from Bank of Cadiz and other prizes such as children’s bikes from Wal-Mart and hams, will have to be present at Renaissance Stage, the Renaissance director said.
Additionally, only one prize per person will be allowed, and the person winning a prize should be prepared to show a picture ID. Minors have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if they are unable to show a picture ID.
And finally, although anyone is eligible to win prizes, those who win the prizes must be able to take them home after the drawing.
There will be more than 200 booths at the Ham Festival, both downtown and at West Cadiz Park, said Underhill, who added that the festival as a whole shouldn’t be anything but successful.
“We’ve already got our entertainment lined up, and we have a sword swallower,” Underhill said. Other entertainment currently lined up include country bands as well as a frog that teaches about science, she added.
The Renaissance director said she also has some pigs in her office from the Janice Mason Art Museum, wherein locals took a class on paper mache.
Pets will not be allowed at this year’s Ham Festival.
Visitors bringing pets will have two options – take them home and return later or have them housed for $15 each behind the Trigg County Courthouse Annex.
Trigg County Humane Society president Ramona Hamilton said water will be offered for pets, which will be kept in individual pens lined on the bottom with newspapers.