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Tobacco was awarded prizes at Festival during mid-1990s
Ribbons and monetary prizes were awarded in several categories during the Tobacco Show at the Logan County Festival, mid-1990s.

Logan County Tobacco Festival

This two-week-long celebration held in Russellville each October is Logan County's biggest event, honoring the county's heritage as well as its chief crop. A host of varied activities include the tobacco show, a beauty pageant to select the festival queen, a show of bands and field competition, a historical walking tour, gospel singing, a tobacco producers appreciation dinner, and a reenactment of an 1868 bank robbery by the Jesse James gang. The highlight is a parade, first held in 1941, reflecting the theme chosen for the year. The festival is documented in historical text, photographs, and newspaper supplements published in conjunction with the 1962 and 1999 festivals.

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

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