April 27, 2013

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Did you know that there are a few festivals held that are dedicated to the sweet potato?  The Tater Day Festival held each year in Kentucky is one of them.  It is a three day festival that started in 1843.  At that time, farmers would take their sweet potatoes (and other goods) to the town square of Benton and sell or trade their produce.  This eventually became the Tater (another name for potato) Festival which now includes a parade, a carnival, a fiddling contest and baking and canning competitions.  The festivities are held each year on the first Monday in April.

Another interesting fact is that this festival is also the oldest, continuing trade day in America.

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