The 172nd Annual Tater Day will be held April 4-6, 2015 in Benton, Kentucky. Here is a breakdown of the events, with some information courtesy MarshallCountyDaily.com:
Casey’s Carnival Rides open in Benton’s HH Lovett Park at 5
p.m. Friday April 3, and will be open until 10 p.m.
Armbands allow for unlimited rides at a cost of $18 and will only be available Friday night and all day Sunday. Saturday and Monday rides are by ticket only.
Mud Bogs, Demolition Derby
Friday night you can also enjoy a concert in the park featuring Kalib Swift and Josh Tubbs as well as a little muddy fun as the highly anticipated Mud Bogs roll through.
Pit gates open at 5 p.m. The registration fee is just $20 for those wishing to participate and the gate fee for spectators is just $10. Classes will be determined by engine size and all riders must wear a helmet.
Saturday night the demolition derby comes to town. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is just $10 and the show is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Tater Day Festivities
Then on Monday, April 6, start the morning out right with a breakfast of champions at the annual Benton Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, held at Benton Elementary School, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost is just $4 per person and goes to help a great cause in the community.
The Tater Day Parade rolls through later that morning at 11 a.m. with this year’s theme ‘Remember our Troops.’ This year’s Grand Marshal is Doctor Robert McCrory, local veterinarian and long-time member of the Benton Kiwanis Club.
Line-up will be on 5th street (5th Street will be blocked at 10 a.m.) and the parade is set to run east on 5th to Main Street, then south on Main to City Park, North on Poplar and back to 5th. The street will be blocked at 10 a.m.
Overview of Tater Day
On the first Saturday of April, the streets of Benton fill with thousands of people, all who have come to the annual celebration of the sweet potato. Tater Day started in 1842 with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes.
Tater Day features a parade, flea market, arts and crafts, beauty pageants, carnival rides, barbeque cook-off competition, Tater trot & run, and all the "good eats" you would expect to find at an old time country fair.
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