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Gary Siegmund in the "Kiss a Pig" contest
Gary Siegmund gets into the "Kiss a Pig" contest. Photo courtesy the Cadiz Record

Trigg County Country Ham Festival

The county is noted for its long tradition of country-cured hams, which many claim are far superior to the commercially processed product.The craft is celebrated in this three-day festival held in Cadiz since 1977. A judging for grand champion country ham is a constant feature of the event, which also includes hog trough races, a greased pig contest, sack-a-pig, Kiss a Pig contest, pig races, and an appearance by Miss Triggy Piggy. Musical entertainment, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and food booths are other attractions, and the festival culminates in a grand parade. It is documented in historical text, photographs, an audio tape of festival highlights from 1994 to 1999, programs and brochures, and news clippings. An actual slice of ham was also submitted.

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

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