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Cheer up with Marshall County’s Tater Day celebration

photo via West Kentucky Star

photo via West Kentucky Star

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.

Apparently, local businesses even close for the day:

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.


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

5 Comments for Cheer up with Marshall County’s Tater Day celebration

  1. eastofmidnight
    10:09 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t know him but guessing it might be ‘Harold’. If not, my apologies to Herald.

  2. dismore
    10:42 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Notice anything by the pictures?

  3. eastofmidnight
    5:59 am April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Need to change “our good friend” Herald’s name in paragraph four also.