Tater Day, Easter Sunday share the weekend

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Easter eggs had competition from potatoes in Benton.

Make that "taters."

Since the date for Easter floats, based on the vernal equinox, it fell on the fixed date Tater Day in the western Kentucky city of Benton. The three-day event always ends on the first Monday in April, so it was in full swing on Easter Sunday. Rain and chilly weather held down turnout.

The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/XlRYmX ) reported the parade and the beauty pageant didn't take place this year, but vendors sold their wares along more than 10 blocks of downtown and into a city park.

Tater Day is a 177-year tradition. It began when farmers met in town to sell sweet potatoes. Pieces of the potatoes were used to start new plants.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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