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Clowns entertain in Tater Day Parade, 1974
Clowns entertain in the Tater Day parade, 1974. Photo: Bobbie Foust

Tater Day Festival

Possibly the only celebration of the humble sweet potato, this three-day festival is held in Benton, Kentucky on the weekend before the first Monday in April. One of the oldest indigenous festivals in the state, it grew out of the county court day first held in 1843, when farmers would take advantage of the opportunity to sell or trade their livestock, produce -- including their extra sweet potatoes-- and farm equipment in the town square. Today's festival is highlighted by a large parade with floats, marching bands, and a beauty queen. The event has a long and colorful history that is documented in 14 pages of text, two videotapes, photographs, news clippings, and a collection of handbills.

Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).

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