With fewer than 3,000 residents, Cadiz, Kentucky, is a small town with a big heart. Surrounded by rolling farmland in bucolic Trigg County, visitors come to Cadiz for the myriad of outdoor activities, such as world-class fishing on Lake Barkley, mountain biking the Canal Loop Trail, and hunting wild game in the backcountry. History buffs can get a taste of what it was like to live on a mid-19th century farmstead by visiting the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, where even the heirloom vegetable varieties featured in the garden beds are authentic. Bison and elk roam the Elk and Bison Prairie, and horseback riding enthusiasts can enjoy trail rides through some of Kentucky’s most gorgeous scenery atWrangler’s Campground. The historic main street features authentic antique shopping, authentic regional barbecue, Victorian homes, and historic brick buildings. Here’s what else is waiting for you in beautiful Cadiz.

The Cadiz Community Arts Center

The Cadiz Community Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing a variety of forms of quality art to community residents and visitors. It features exhibits by local, regional, national, and worldwide artists as well as an annual theatrical production. The arts center manages the Janice MasonArt Museum, hosts a variety of classes, and hosts community events such as the Festival of Trees and an ongoing book club.

The Trigg County Ham Festival

The Trigg County Ham Festival occurs for three days every year during the second weekend in October. As its name implies, ham is the main event. The fun kicks off with a country ham breakfast and continues from there. Sponsored by the Trigg County Chamber of Commerce and held at the TriggCounty Recreation Complex in Cadiz, the festival showcases the best of local culinary traditions. Guests also enjoy music, arts-and-crafts vendors, a garden club contest, a car and truck show, carnival rides, farmer art, and a golf tournament. Free to the public, the festival is now in its 44th-year and continues to get better with age.

Foodies love Trigg County

You don’t have to wait for the Trigg County Ham Festival to get a taste of Cadiz, though. The TriggCounty Farmers Market operates May through October on Wednesdays and Saturdays and features fresh local fair, antiques, and arts-and-crafts on Main Street in Cadiz. One wouldn’t expect the authentic Mexican and gourmet choices in such a small town. However, many locals frequent The Cadiz Restaurant and Taste of The South, restaurants where you can find an impressive ribeye that rivals others’ for a fraction of what one would typically expect to pay. And of course, Cadiz wouldn’t be the Southern Charm small town it is without its own fried chicken options. The independent restaurants fry up some of the best, crispy and seasoned chicken that keeps visitors reaching for just one more leg.

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