Ham Festival gets started with annual kickoff breakfast
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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WKDZ’s Bill Booth was the guest speaker at this year’s Ham Festival kickoff breakfast Monday.</i>
Franklin Clark/Cadiz Record

WKDZ’s Bill Booth was the guest speaker at this year’s Ham Festival kickoff breakfast Monday.

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Bill Booth of WKDZ said that while the use of the term “country ham” dates back to at least 1944, this particular style of preparing ham dates back to colonial America, and domesticating pigs is older even then that.

“Pigs were first domesticated by the Chinese in 4900 B.C.,” Booth said. “Europeans followed domesticated pigs in 1500 B.C. Nobody knows for sure how the salt got into curing country hams.”

Booth was the featured speaker at the Monday morning Cadiz-Trigg County Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Breakfast, which officially kicks off the Trigg County Country Ham Festival every year. This year, it was held at the Cadiz Baptist Church Annex. Cadiz Family Restaurant provided the breakfast.

Booth, a Marshall County native, said that picking a country ham is a bit like picking a church. During a brief history lesson, he also said that using salt to cure meat might date back to ancient Egypt, as they used it to embalm the deceased.

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