The last full weekend in September downtown Lebanon celebrates the Marion County Country Ham Days, a "Kentucky Top-Ten Event," hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce along with its business partners and volunteers. The festival welcomes more than 50,000 visitors and acts as an agent for community empowerment.
The event began nearly 40 years ago, and started with a mere six hams. Today, Ham Days serves more than 6,000 pounds of country ham with 1,000-plus Marion County volunteers helping out. Volunteers cook a country ham breakfast served to visitors under the Dunn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Breakfast Tent. For lunch or dinner, you can grab some beans and cornbread, a pork sandwich or a brat from the Knights of Columbus or steak from The Cattlemen’s Association. Ice cream, fried Twinkies, gyros, funnel cakes and the best hot dogs in town also are found from our many food vendors.
Musical groups are often hammin’ it up in every corner of the Ham Days festival. On Saturday, following the parade, a Karaoke Contest will take place along with the appearance of Elvis Impersonator Caleb Brown on the Maker's Mark Main Stage. On Sunday morning, the stage will be blessed with Marion County's own The Honeysuckle Stringband followed by No Deceit for the duration of the festival.
Ham Days contributes its success to having something to please everyone—be it the food, music, carnival rides, arts and crafts booths and marketplace booths; the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show presented by State Farm Insurance, Erica Barnes Agent; the Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade; the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Fun Run/Walk and lots of activities for children! Festival activities include a hay-bale toss competition, pedal-pull and multiple children’s contests with a ham-related themes.
For more information, call 270-692-9594 or visit www.hamdays.com