Pancakes, Parade Wrap Tater Day Festivities
By West Kentucky Star Staff
BENTON, KY - The 171st annual Tater Day festival concludes today in downtown Benton.
Two events wrap up a full weekend of activities this morning, beginning with the Benton Lions Club pancake breakfast from 7-10 am at Benton Elementary School. Afterward, thousands will gather for the Tater Day parade beginning at 11am.
Cooperative weekend weather made for good crowds all weekend at the various vendor booths and at grandstand activities in H.H. Lovett Park, including go kart racing Friday night, and demolition derby on Saturday.
Ever since 1842 when Marshall County was founded, local folk began to come to town to buy, sell and trade various crops and commodities, including sweet potato slips. The social part of the gathering also became a celebration of spring's arrival. Tater Day is considered to be the longest continuous trade day in the United States.
Here's the schedule of today's events:
Monday, April 7th
Casey's Amusements at the HH Lovett Park
Vendors and food throughout Benton all day
Benton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Benton Elementary School
Cost: $4.00 per person
Contact: Kip Mathis 270-527-3153
Tater Day Parade
Theme: "Remember Our Troops"
Grand Marshal: Jimmie Lovett