Locals prepare for Tater Day festivities
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—Chris Wilcox/Tribune-Courier
Stinson Brown, 26, and Samantha Anderson, 31, of Benton, order a Philly cheesesteak, ribbon fries and a lemon shakeup at a Tater Day vendor set up on Main Street Monday afternoon.
—Chris Wilcox/Tribune-Courier Stinson Brown, 26, and Samantha Anderson, 31, of Benton, order a Philly cheesesteak, ribbon fries and a lemon shakeup at a Tater Day vendor set up on Main Street Monday afternoon.
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By Chris Wilcox

Tribune-Courier News Reporter

editor@tribunecourier.com

It’s that time of year again when the citizens of Marshall County begin counting down the days until their own special holiday – a holiday no one else in the world celebrates – Tater Day, which this year falls on Monday, April 7.

This year marks the 171st anniversary of Tater Day, which will begin with initial events on Friday, April 4, and end the following Monday.

The parade, which draws in a crowd of thousands of spectators, will begin at 11 a.m. and will be themed in honor of the men and women serving in the armed forces.

The Benton Kiwanis Club has named Jimmie Lovett, 74, as Grand Marshall of this year’s parade, which initially started in 1842 with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes to boost local agriculture sales.

The Benton Kiwanis Club chose Lovett for the honor because of his service in the U.S. Army and because of his history of involvement with the local celebration.

He has been a part of the Tater Day events for many years, usually smiling from ear to ear while driving his Model A Ford in the parade.

Although the holiday has evolved throughout the years, the holiday still features goods that can be bought and sold. Now though, participants at the event can also enjoy the parade, flea market, arts and crafts, beauty pageants, carnival rides and an assortment of festival food offered at the event.

TATER DAY SCHEDULE:

Friday, April 4, 2014

• Dirt Kart Racing

6:00 pm at H.H. Lovett Park

Pit Opens at 3:00 pm

Admission $10 Gate $5 Pit Pass

Contact: Jason Dunnigan 270-703-2049

Saturday, April 5, 2014

• 29th Annual CFSB 5K & 1 Mile Tater Trot

Registration 7:45 am

5K Race at 9 a.m.

Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Mike Miller Park

Contact: Chris Kerrick 270-527-1453

• Demolition Derby

6 p.m. at H.H. Lovett Park

Gates open at 4 p.m.

Pit opens at 2 p.m.

Driver entry fee – $30 registration + $15 gate

All participants must be registered by 4:30 p.m.

Admission $10 (6 & Under FREE)

Pit Pass $5 all ages

Contact: Danny Sirls 270-493-1030

Monday, April 7, 2014

• Benton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

7:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Benton Elementary School

Cost: $4.00 per person

Contact: Kip Mathis 270-527-3153

• TATER DAY PARADE 11:00 am

- Line up on 5th Street. Parade will run East on 5th St. to Main St.; South on Main St. to City Park; North on Poplar St. and back to 5th St. (5th St. will be blocked at 10:30 am).

FRIDAY - MONDAY

• Casey’s Amusement Rides at H.H. Lovett Park in Benton

- Friday, Armbands - ride all rides

unlimited 6pm - 10 pm $18

Saturday - Tickets only

Sunday, Armbands - ride all rides - unlimited 1 pm - 6 pm $18 - Bring church bulletin get $3 off on Sunday; 1 bulletin per person -Monday - Tickets only
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