The last full weekend in September 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 over 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 over 6,000 pounds of country ham with over 1,000 of Marion County volunteers. At Ham Days, volunteers cook a country ham breakfast that is 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. An ice cream, fried twinkie, gyro, funnel cake or the best hot dog in town are also served 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 on the Main Stage. On Sunday morning the Main Stage is blessed with Marion County's own The Honeysuckle Stringband followed by No Deceit for the duration of the festival.
There’s so much to do, we start Ham Days pre-week with daily events featuring a Treasure Hunt, Community Worship Service, Slop-the-Hog Ham & Biscuit eating contest, Swine & Dinepub crawl and a Pig Pen relay race and poster contest for local elementary students. Lots of family fun and exhibits! We invite you to join us!
On September 28,2013, the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Run/Walk will feature a mixed medium course through the streets of downtown Lebanon and Graham Memorial Park.
-Men's and Women's overall Pigasus Awards
-Best First Year Award
-Best Marion County Resident Award
-1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards given in each age group
-Race Shirts free to the first 300 registrants
-Times Given at 1 Mile
-Water Station and Times at 2 Miles
-Ambulance to follow race provided by the Marion County Ambulance Service
-6” Digital Time Clock Display at race finish line
-NEW FOR 2011: Race time will be monitored and recorded using chip timing
-Massage therapists will be on site after the race to give sport massages
Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. at Farmers National Bank:
-Single pre-registration: $20.00
-Group pre-registration: $16.00
(applies to groups of 20 or more)
-Family discount: $45.00 (pre-registered parents and their children)
-Race day: $25.00
We are continually trying to improve and enhance the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K. The 2012 race course is certified by USA Track and Field making it one of the few in area.
Little Miss Ham Days will receive a crown, sash and a 1st place champion ribbon. Jr. Farmer will receive a trophy and a 1st place champion ribbon. Winners will ride in the PIGasus Parade at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 270-692-9594.