If you were brave enough to listen to Kentucky Sports Radio Monday morning, you heard our good friend Harold tell the gang about Marshall County’s annual Tater Day. Believe it or not, the first Monday of April is always celebrated in Benton with tater-related activities – in recent years, the event has spanned multiple days. This year marked the 176th celebration of Tater Day.
The festivities actually began Friday, held alongside the Marshall County A and I Fair. This year, Tater Day(s) included carnival rides, food trucks, a demolition Derby, specialty vendors and a parade.
“The first Monday in April is our unofficial start of spring with the Tater Day Festival,” Marshall County Tourism Executive Director Randy Newcomb told the Western Kentucky Star. “Tater Day brings people from all over to enjoy great food, entertainment and family fun.”
Herold said there were 20,000 people in town ready to celebrate Tater Day. I’m not sure if these pictures show that many tater-goers, but it definitely looks like a busy Monday on the streets of Benton.
The annual Tater Day Parade will start around 11:00 a.m. on Main Street in Benton, Kentucky. ? Are you heading out to get your spot? pic.twitter.com/uHxAcf5hAq
— WPSD Local 6 (@WPSDLocal6) April 1, 2019
Benton, Kentucky is the place to be. People are lining up for this morning’s Tater Day Parade. This marks the 176th tater day. Such fun! Did you make it out this year? You still have time to make it to the parade. The parade will start at 11. pic.twitter.com/cKKDxkhkoo
— Stefanie Martinez (@SMartinezWPSD) April 1, 2019
Apparently, local businesses even close for the day:
No April Fool’s joke here!
All of our libraries really are closed due to Tater Day festivities happening today.
We hope to see everyone visiting us this week for some Spring Break fun! https://t.co/8hdJ3aJrE6 pic.twitter.com/NFPW4Ovs39
— Marshall Co Library (@MarshallCPL) April 1, 2019
Reminder: Our Benton Office will be closed today due to the Tater Day festivities; however, our Draffenville Office is open for business.
Thank you! Happy Tater Day 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Aur5shFrsa
— First Kentucky Bank (@FirstKentucky) April 1, 2019
No fooling… On Monday, April 1, our Benton office will be closed to celebrate Tater Day! Even though it started as trading, today it is full-family event! It’s worth the short drive to Benton to get in on the fun! Will we see you there? #heritagebankusa #taterday #benton #ky pic.twitter.com/OR0fFvSTmN
— Heritage Bank (@heritagebankusa) March 28, 2019
Can we please petition to make Tater Day a statewide holiday? I think the BBN could have used a day off to celebrate taters in peace.