Hundreds of people converged on downtown Hopkinsville Friday night for the annual Night Rider Tobacco Raid re-enactment hay ride, some for dozenth time and some made their first pilgrimage.
Official local historian William Turner says there are some who take the ride each year who have no previous knowledge of the events of December 7, 1907, when several downtown tobacco barns and other structures were burned by the Night Riders wearing multi-colored masks.
Turner says it's important to learn the history of the Night Riders and the social and political circumstances that led to their uprising over a century ago.
The Tobacco Bus Tour is set for Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, which includes a trip through areas of Christian, Trigg and Caldwell counties. There will be three reenactments of the Night Riders trial, titled “How Say You?” at the Christian County Courthouse at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets will be $12 each. More information is available at tobaccowarpilgrimage.com.