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Tater Day

The 2016 dates for Tater Day in Benton, Kentucky are Friday, April 1st through Monday, April 4th.

Here is last year's Tater Day info.  As we get closer to the 2016 Tater Day, we'll provide updated information. 

This information below, from last year, will give you an idea of the events that take place during each Tater Day.

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:

Carnival Rides

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.

Demolition Derby

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.

For more information, email info@marshallcounty.net

Photo by Libby Mundy

This male eastern bluebird is looking for an insect to munch on. Easily spotted by binoculars, the males are bluer than the females which are mostly grey in color.