Rain or Shine, Ham Fest squeals on Cadiz Kentucky

October means Ham Fest in Cadiz Kentucky, so get here and bring your appetite. Most would never expect to find crowds this big in such a small town, however, once every year, The Country Ham Festival returns to Cadiz, Kentucky.

Even if you’re not into ham and all that goes with it—butterfly steaks, pork chops, barbecue, gallons of tangy sauce—Ham Fest can be exactly the family thing to do as Fall is gearing up. From the moment you get out of your car, the smoky smell of pit barbecue draws you up the streets of the historic downtown and through the crowds. Ham Fest is equal parts county fair and pork-oriented cuisine.

During the two-day event, Main Street is closed off to motorists to make room for over 200 vendor booths featuring everything from local historical societies to gyro-carts and funnel cakes (and yes, barbecue).

You’ll get drawn into the sweet smells of jams, baked goods, and even locally made soaps and candles! Get your face painted (or leave that to the kids), admire locally made furniture and handcrafted Amish baskets, and get in your share of window shopping.

Behind vendor carts and tents you’ll find local shops—from antique shops to gift shops selling locally-crafted merchandise, to salons and boutiques—all open to serve visitors.

While browsing the vendors’ wares, take just a few steps off the street to enter the Janice Mason Art Museum. The museum hosts the county’s annual Quilt Show, showcasing beautiful patchwork masterpieces.

With various activities—live music, and carnival rides happening from sun up to sun down—and free general admission, you can come and go as you please. Come discover what locals have known for decades: it’s Hamtastic!