Marion County Country Ham Days briefs

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Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5k is Sept. 23
Registration for the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Run/Walk is now underway.
The Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Run/Walk is one of the biggest Ham Days events, attracting approximately 1,000 runners on Saturday morning, Sept. 23, starting at 8 a.m.
The Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K Run/Walk during Ham Days features a mixed medium course through the streets of downtown Lebanon and Graham Memorial Park. The race course is certified by USA Track and Field, making it one of the few in the area.
Pre-registration is $20 for single, $16 each for groups of 20 or more and $50 for a family of four. Race day registration is $25. Race shirts are included for the first 1,000 registrants. More information and registration are available online at www.HamDays.com.

Miller Lite/West 6th Brewing Cornhole Tournament
Win up to $500 in the second annual Miller Lite/Coors Light Cornhole Tournament at Marion County Country Ham Days at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23. The cost is $50 per two-person team. Registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 20. To register or get complete information, go to HamDays.com.

State Farm Agent Erica Barnes Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
The State Farm Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show has become one of the largest events at Marion County Country Ham Days with approximately 200 participants every year. The show is held on Sunday with these classic vehicles displayed all along Main Street. The registration cost is $15 the day of the show. No pre-registration is required. For more information log on to HamDays.com.

Little Miss and Jr. Farmer
The Tommy Burress Jr. Farmer and Little Miss Ham Days are an annual tradition of Marion County Country Ham Days. Contestants are presented on the Makers Mark/Independent Stave Main Stage at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23. The contests are open to boys and girls ages two to four. Children must reside in Marion County and are judged on appropriateness of dress depicting Country Ham Days, charm and personality. All children must be registered by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20. Registration forms are available at the chamber of commerce office at Centre Square or online at HamDays.com

Ham Days entertainment lineup announced
The Marion County Chamber of Commerce announces the Maker’s Mark/Kentucky Cooperage Main Stage entertainment lineup for the 2017 Marion County Country Ham Days Festival.
The weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 22, with former Grammy nominated
and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Little Texas in concert on Johnston Field at Centre Square. Advance tickets are $20 and are available at the chamber of commerce office at Centre Square and online at www.HamDays.com.
News bands and groups will be featured Ham Days weekend Sept. 23-24. “Magnolia Vale,” featuring Marion County sisters Katelyn and Samantha Daugherty, will perform Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Marion County native and Nashville recording artist Paul Childers and his band “The Black Tie Affair” will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday. Childers is also the Grand Marshall of the Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade at 1 p.m. Featured on Sunday will be “Crew 3:30” from the Lebanon Baptist Church at 9 a.m. followed by “The Honeysuckle String Band” at 10 a.m. and Ann Courtney Thompson at noon. The “Endless Road Band” will perform Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m.
Other activities on the Maker’s Mark/Kentucky Cooperage Main Stage include the chamber’s 75th Anniversary Cash-O-Ree finals Saturday at 2:30 p.m., where one finalist will have a chance to win $75,000. Also on the Main Stage are the Central Kentucky Idol, the Tommy Burress Jr. Farmer & Little Miss Ham Days contests, Hog Calling Contest, Champion Ham Auction and special announcements. You will also hear the winners announced for the Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig 5K and State Farm Agent Erica Barnes Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show.
A complete schedule of all Country Ham Days events is available online at www.HamDays.com.
The 2017 Marion County Country Ham Days Festival is Sept. 22-24. For more information, contact the chamber office at 270-692-9594 or email info@MarionCountyKyChamber.com.

It’s time to prepare for the Paint the Pig contest
School is starting, fall is approaching, and so is Marion County Country Ham Days. And that means it is time once again to “Paint The Pig” – on canvas, that is. The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council is inviting all artists for a fun competition again this year for Ham Days. A homemade pie from Henning’s Restaurant will go to the winner “for pigging out.”
Those who wish to enter the contest must submit a 12” x 12” stretched canvas painting of a pig by Sept. 16, and it has to be ready to hang with wire stretched across the back. They do not have to be framed, and the artists name should be on the back of the canvas only.
Paintings may be submitted at Family Frame Shop or at the Farm Bureau office by Sept. 16.  All paintings will be hung in the Arts and Humanities Gallery at the Marion County Heritage Center until after Ham Days.
The public will be invited to vote for their favorite pig at the gallery during Ham Days. The gallery will be open during Ham Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Entrances to the art gallery will be free.

Official rules are:
1.12”x12” stretched canvas, ready to hang.
2. Name on back of painting with phone number.
3. Due by Sept.16 to the Kentucky Farm Bureau or Family Frame Shop.
4. Paintings must remain in the gallery until Tuesday, Sept. 26. Gallery is open after Ham Days 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Tuesday-Saturday.
5. Public will choose the winner with votes cast. Winner will be able to pick up their pie during the week after Ham Days at Henning’s Restaurant.
6. All paintings will be picked up and returned to their owner.
7. Any age artist may submit their painting.

For questions you may call Katina Johnson at 270-402-2163 or Judy Bradshaw at 270-692-3281.