Trigg County Ham Festival Committee Chairwoman Thelma Fowler said it was, in her opinion, one of the largest Ham Fests, despite the storm on Saturday night, with people coming to the area from all over.
The petting zoo, organized by the Princeton Optimist Club, was one of the biggest draws, along with Saturday night’s concert on the Renaissance Stage featuring Tim Culpepper and headliners Confederate Railroad, said Fowler.
“The rooms were all filled up and the restaurants were kicking,” Fowler said. “Everything went well, and we’re already planning for 2013.”
Bill Stevens, executive director of the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourist Commission, estimated that the festival had an economic impact of a little more than $2 million for the county, as the large crowds – which he estimated at 65,000 – impacted the local businesses that were open, such as hotels and motels, restaurants, campgrounds and convenience stores and gas stations.
Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander estimated an attendance of between 55,000 and 60,000 people.
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