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