Tater Day Festivities Underway in Benton
By Barry Wright
BENTON, KY - A Marshall County tradition is underway in Benton as the 169th annual Tater Day is going on now through Monday. The event is sponsored by the Benton Kiwanis Club.
Patricia McWane is with the Benton Kiwanis Club. She explains how Tater Day got its start.
“Years ago it use to be a trade day where farmers would bring their vegetables or their potato slips or whatever to grow vegetables, to grow their crops,” McWane said. “They would also bring their horses, their mules, their knives, their dogs, whatever and they would trade and it was a trade day. And of course the slips in order to grow potatoes for the season because you know it’s not potato season yet. But that is kind of how it got started and it’s just grown more and more till now we have vendors coming in here from everywhere selling everything you can imagine. If you want a funnel cake or if you want a corn dog, you can find it on almost every corner in Benton.”
Many events will be going on including the Benton Kiwanis Barbecue Cookoff on Poplar Street. Many vendors will be selling chicken, pork, brisket and ribs now through Monday.
Casey’s Amusement will have rides at H.H. Lovett Park in Benton now through Monday.
On Monday, the Benton Lions Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 7-10 am at Benton Elementary School. The cost is only $4 per person. Then the Tater Day parade begins at 11 am on 5th Street.
“Our theme again this year is ‘Remember our Troops’ and also ‘Benton is the best place on Earth to raise children’, so we are kind of carrying two themes,” McWane said. “Our County Judge-Executive Mike Miller will be the grand marshal. And as you know last year our parade got rained out, but this year we’re hoping and praying for clear skies and beautiful weather for our parade.”
McWane encourages everyone to come out and share in the festivities.