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Mother Nature must not realize that one of the biggest festivals in central Kentucky is taking place this weekend. Or, she doesn't particularly care for ham.
Nevertheless, the rain that continues to fall in Lebanon and Marion County has already caused some changes in Ham Days events.
Friday night's Miller Lite 100.9 MIKE FM Battle Of The Bands, which was originally scheduled to be held at Johnston Field behind Centre Square, will instead be taking place inside the Centre Square Convention Center.
The gates open for this free event at 5 p.m. Local favorite Paul Childers will entertain from 6:30 p.m. until the Battle starts at 7:30 p.m. The bands that made it into this year's field include "Micah" from Bowling Green, "Willow Shade" from Glasgow, "Gravel Switch" from Jamestown, "County Line" from Edmonton, "Twelve 43" from Horse Cave and "Chasing Layne" from Glasgow.
Concessions will be available and this year everyone who attends is asked to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be given to the food pantry of the Community Service Center located at 114 E. Main Street in Lebanon, which assists families in transition, workers who have been laid off, and people who have suffered a traumatic setback. Non-perishable food items such as can tuna, beef stew, macaroni and cheese, box crackers, spaghetti and sauce, dried beans, peanut butter and powdered milk will be most appreciated.
Also, in the event of rain Saturday evening, the 8 p.m. Ham Jam performance by the DooWop All Stars will be moved to the breakfast tent.