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ORAL HISTORY

Ronny and Beth Drennan


The Broadbent family started curing hams and bacon commercially in Cadiz, Kentucky, in 1920. In 1999 the Broadbent family sold the business to Ronny and Beth Drennan. The Drennans, who were in the furniture business, had always heard of Broadbent Hams and saw an opportunity. It took some time to learn the ins and outs of the curing business, but Smith Broadbent has been there to help. Today, Ronny and Beth carry on the Broadbent tradition of quality, and they have won enough awards to live up to the founder’s name. In 2011 they won their 15th blue ribbon for Grand Champion Ham at the Kentucky State Fair.

Date of interview:
2005-08-22 00:00

Interviewer:
Amy Evans

Photographer:
Amy Evans

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