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Tater Day

174th Tater Day Held March 31 Through April 3, 2017

Tater DayEvery year, on the first Monday in April, the streets of Benton, Kentucky, are lined with vendors selling all sorts of goodies in celebration of Tater Day, an age-old community tradition. Whether you’re craving a funnel cake sprinkled in powdered sugar or a corndog encased in a delicious fried bread, Tater Day is sure to be a palate pleaser for the whole family. 

"The first Monday in April is our unofficial start of spring with the Tater Day Festival," Marshall County Tourism Executive Director Randy Newcomb says. “Tater Day brings people from all over to enjoy great food, entertainment and family fun."

After almost two centuries, Tater Day continues to be cherished and well attended by residents and visitors from all over the region.

"We are very pleased that this event continues to thrive even after 174 years," Newcomb says, marking the 2017 event.

The one-day downtown festival has grown into a longer attraction, as its events are now coordinated in conjunction with the Marshall County Fair. Today, the event extends over four days and includes the Tater Day 100-Enduro Derby (car races), Tater Day Mud Bogg, Miss Tater Day Pageant, a carnival and the Tater Trot, a 5K run-walk.  Most of the festival activities and attractions are hosted at H.H. Lovett Park in Marshall County.

In addition to all of this, the official Tater Day Parade will be hosted in downtown Benton on Monday, April 3.  Photo courtesy Marshall County Tourism.

2017 Tater Day Highlights

Food, Vendors & Exhibits - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday all day

  • Location:  From the area around CVS at East 5th and Main Street south to downtown.
  • Details:  Enjoy all kinds of carnival-type foods and browse the specialty vendors throughout the weekend.

Carnival Rides - Various times Thursday through Monday.  See Details below.

  • Locations:  H.H. Lovett Park & The Benton Water Treatment Plant at Poplar Street & Harold King Drive.
  • Details:  Two carnival area this year - the first at the H.H. Lovett Park and the second at the Benton Water Treatment Plant.  The carnival times are dependent on the weather, conditions and the crowds.  Approximate times are Thursday 6p-10p, Friday 4p-10p, Saturday 10a-10p, Sunday 2p-10p, Monday 10a to 5p.

Warrior Car and UTV Circle Track Racing - Friday at 7:00 p.m.

  • Location:  H.H. Lovett Park on Poplar Street
  • Details:  Chicago-style racing format with UTV circle track racing.  For details call (270) 703-2049.

5K & 1 Mile Tater Trot - Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

  • Location:  Mike Miller Park
  • Details:  Pre-register for $15 at (270) 527-1453.  Race day registration is $18 and is from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.  For more information visit the Marshall Co. Tater Trot Facebook page.

Tater Day 100 Enduro Derby - Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

  • Location:  H.H. Lovett Park on Poplar Street
  • Details:  It's demolition derby meets dirt track racing!  The last man standing and the first to complete 100 laps total in the evening will take home $2,000 in prize money.  For details call (270) 703-2049.

ATV/UTV Truck/Jeep Mud Bogg - Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

  • Location:  H.H. Lovett Park on Poplar Street
  • Details:  Watch these machines tear up the mud, get down and dirty.  New this year - youth class for kids age 10 and under.  For details call (270) 703-2049.

Tater Day Parade - Monday at 11:00 a.m.

  • Location:  Along Main Street
  • Details:  Watch this area's largest parade along Main Street starting at 11:00 a.m. 

Photo by Melodie Cunningham

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