Final Day Of Logan County Tobacco And Heritage Festival Draws Huge Crowd

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) - It's the one time every year that barbecue fills the air and the population of Russellville nearly triples.

"It has been a staple in the community. People come from moving away, graduating high school, going to college but they all come back to the Tobacco and Heritage Festival," says chairperson Holly Kash.

More than 25,000 people packed the streets for the 57th annual event, but it's about more than just tobacco. It's the annual parade, arts and crafts and of course the food.

"For us as the Cattlemen's Association it's a good source of beef promotion. We are all mostly cattlemen or retired cattlemen so we like to promote our product and this is the best way. It is our largest fundraiser of the year," says Chris Milam.

"The exposure is priceless. You have hundreds of people coming. I don't know the exact population in Logan County right now, but there is people far and wide that come to this festival," says Personal Chef, Jessica Atkinson.

Atkinson grew up in Logan County. After taking part in the festival for several years, she has returned to promote her growing cooking business.

"I have been on floats since I was a baby, beauty pageants, marching band and marching in the parade, cheerleading with football. It's a really big part of the community. I wouldn't miss it for the world," says Atkinson.

Families from across the area also mark the festival on their calendar. The weather this year brought record crowds and a record boost to the Logan County economy.

"People spend their money here, they stay overnight here if they are traveling from out of town. It's just a great weekend to bring people back in to our community," says Holli Brown from the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.

No matter what your interest, Logan County believes their Tobacco and Heritage festival meets everyone needs.

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