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Thousands of people are expected in Russellville this weekend for the 64th annual Logan County Tobacco and Heritage Festival.

The festival was created to draw attention to the main culture of Logan County and to pay homage to Russellville and its time as one of the largest tobacco markets in the world.

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the festival.

Executive Director Polly Steenbergen said the event had a huge economic impact on the city and county.

“In 2019, we estimated that around 25,000 people came to the festival this weekend,” Steenbergen said. “It helps our local restaurants, hotels and small businesses which is a wonderful thing. We also have over 100 vendors in our flea market. The festival as a whole brings in so much, and we are delighted to see its revitalization. “

All the festivities were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Myla Porter, a member of the chamber of commerce board of directors, said many outdoor events this week attracted a lot. people.

“Even though you’ve lived here and moved, people are coming back here for this event,” Porter said. “It’s a big homecoming, and it’s a day when the city is closed for this festival. Everyone comes there, and it helps unite the community. It is part of our heritage.

Festival events kicked off on September 23 with a beauty pageant. A bike ride, a marathon and a golf course were also organized. “Museum Day” and “Black History Day” were new to the festival this year.

Porter said all of the county’s museums were open to the public for free on Monday, including the West Kentucky African-American Heritage Center and Museum.

One of the festival’s top attractions will be the Saturday morning reenactment of the 1868 robbery of the Nimrod Long Banking Co. by the Jesse James gang.

Several actors will ride horses and dress in Wild West attire while pretending to steal the $ 14,000 bank. The show is scheduled to start at 9:30 am on Carrico Park Square.

Other Saturday attractions include a craft show, an open flea market, the festival’s community parade, horse and carriage rides, several food trucks, a children’s play area, and a grand finale concert featuring featured the Jimmy Church Band.

Porter said the parade would start at 10:30 a.m. and there was generally a very good turnout. It offers “a little something for everyone,” including area football teams, beauty queens and marching bands, Porter said.

– For more information on the festival and this week’s events, visit www. tobacco festival.org.

– Follow reporter John Reecer on Twitter @JReecerBGDN or visit bgdailynews.com.

– Follow reporter John Reecer on Twitter @JReecerBGDN or visit bgdailynews.com.

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