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Heritage Festival-goers encouraged to ‘Come Hungry’

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

By Ethan Colbert

The line-up of food vendors and their wares for this Saturday’s Champ Clark Heritage Festival is mouth-watering, according to Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Director Sarrah Gigous.
The festival, which is now in its 23rd year, is organized and sponsored annually by the local chamber of commerce.
“We have more vendors than we have ever had in past years,” Gigous said. With a little less than a week before the day-long festival, Gigous said that she currently has more than 80 food and craft vendors registered but she is anticipating that tally of vendors could exceed 90 vendors by Saturday.
“We have a ton of new vendors, including several food vendors,” Gigous said in a telephone interview.
According to Gigous, the food vendors range in their specialties from gumbo, bacon-wrapped shrimp, Shish Kabobs, turkey melts, Reuben sandwiches, snow cones, walking tacos, various barbecued items and more.
“I am just telling anyone and everyone to come hungry,” Gigous said.
Craft Vendors for Heritage Festival will officially open for business at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, and will continue to sell their wares until 4 p.m. The food vendors will follow a similar schedule, serving from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The entire day-long festival is held in and around the downtown Bowling Green square.
In addition to the food and craft vendors, there will the annual Car and Truck Show sponsored by the Bowling Green Lions Club, the Vintage Tract, Car and Stationary Motorcycle Show, sponsored by the Vintage Machinery Club, the Pike-Lincoln Quilt Guild Exhibition in the lobby of Community State Bank, and live music from noon until 4 p.m.

Bowling Green Lions Club members Paul Hill and David Ash prepare to grill another batch of Porkburgers at the 2016 Champ Clark Heritage Festival. The local Lions Club is one of several food vendors returning for this year’s festival.