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We’re excited for your Visit!

Upon our “big reveal” (AKA our new Visitors Center Ribbon Cutting and Open House), we’re excited to take you on a quick tour through some of our memories that have gotten us to today!

The mission of the team at Visit Hopkinsville is to showcase and market all of the tourism and attractions that make Hopkinsville and Christian County an amazing place to visit and explore.

Over the years, the Visit Hopkinsville team has experienced a wealth of events, ranging from those of historical tradition, to newer events, to once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. These events truly spotlight some of the many attractions our community has to share—events that feature our community’s native son Edgar Cayce, the yearly Trail of Tears Pow Wow, Western Kentucky State Fair, Kelly “Little Green Men” Days Festival, Nature Fest at Jeffers Bend, Kentucky Bunco Bash, events at our area distilleries and brewery—and the list continues! And the glow of the welcome and southern hospitality that the Visit Hopkinsville team was able to share with the multitude of visitors and guests during the Total Solar Eclipse continues to resonate loud and proud!

The ideas and planning for an official Visitors Center took place over several years, with partnering with the Trail of Tears Commission. Construction kicked into full speed in the fall of 2016. Flash forward to today … and here we are! We will see YOU at 3:00 for the Ribbon Cutting—and be sure to stay for the Open House to follow!

So what are you doing this Labor Day weekend?!

Across Hopkinsville and Christian County, endless activities are happening this Labor Day weekend!

On Saturday see a movie at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library at 2:00 p.m.

Be sure to check out the monthly hiking series at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park on Saturday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. And for more outdoor fun, head on over to Christian Way Farm on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – dark. Take a tour, shell and grind corn to feed the animals . . . even catch a round of mini golf!

Stop by Hopkinsville’s Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday to pick up fresh local foods for your Labor Day Celebrations!

Hopkinsville Brewing Company is open on Friday from 2:00-close and Saturday from 12:00 noon-close, with in-house music and food from Knockum Hill BBQ from 5:00-9:00 p.m. both days.

Visit our area distilleries as well! MB Roland Distillery and Casey Jones Distillery give tours of their facilities as well as allow for customer tastings.

And this is just the beginning of all of the entertainment that awaits you in Hopkinsville and Christian County!

Calendars Full of Fun!

That’s right—our calendars are plentiful with events, fun and educational for the whole family! Fun and family-friendly events await as your Visit Hopkinsville team enthusiastically looks ahead!

We are currently collaborating with the Trail of Tears Commission to hold the 30th Annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow on September 9-10, 2017. If you have never attended the Pow Wow, now is the time – it is quite a site to behold! Attendees enjoy Native American dance competitions, story-telling, singing, arts and crafts, flute demonstrations, and a variety of authentic items for sale. Also be sure to stop in at the Trail of Tears Heritage Cabin, where Kristina Scott will be on hand to greet Pow Wow attendees and those seeking an enhanced knowledge and history of the forced removal of the Cherokee people. Check out the Trail of Tears PowWow Facebook page for more information.

                                                       

Next up is NatureFest at Jeffers Bend Environmental Center, with over 40 activities for children and adults alike to participate in while learning all about the great outdoors. Walks along Little River, adventures through “an amazing underground world of insects”, visiting with animal friends, and canoe rides are just a few of the numerous family-friendly activities happening at Jeffers Bend. Visit the Jeffers Bend Facebook page for information on NatureFest and more!

Rounding out our early-Fall events is the Tobacco War Pilgrimage, held in late-September each year to commemorate the events and history of the Night Rider Tobacco Raid of December 7, 1907. That year Night Riders invaded Hopkinsville to burn tobacco warehouses in order to destroy massive quantities of tobacco owned by large tobacco companies. It was their hope that by doing so, area farmers would be able to then receive fair prices for their tobacco crops. Annually, Tobacco War Pilgrimage events include a raid re-enactment hayride, historical performances, and more.

We look forward to seeing you at the Pow Wow . . . and at each of these wonderful events across Hopkinsville and Christian County, Kentucky!

Plan Your Next Visit!

Graduations, barbecues, and outdoor sports kicked off summer with flare . . . now the summer is winding down and school has just started for many families—are you ready?!

If you said “I NEED MORE SUMMER FUN!” (and who doesn’t?!) . . . we have something for you here in Hopkinsville and Christian County, Kentucky! It’s time to start planning your visit today!

For those who love history, check out the exhibits at the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County.

Or stop by Round Table Literary Park to see a 22,000 pound replica of King Arthur’s Round Table, complete with King Arthur’s Sword in the Stone.

For more adventure, journey over to Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort, Kentucky’s only full-service scuba diving facility!

Be sure to see the birthplace of famous clairvoyant Edgar Cayce. And check out the Christian County community of Kelly, Kentucky, where legend has it that an alien encounter . . . little green men! . . . took place in 1955.

For your copy of our community Visitors Guide, click here to download. You may also request a paper copy of the guide by stopping by our office, or by filling out the online form at www.visithopkinsville.com/download_visitors_guide . Happy Travels!

Preparing for the Greatest Show in the Universe

Here in Hopkinsville and Christian County, Kentucky, we always roll out the red carpet for our visitors and guests . . . but now we can do just that on an ultimate stage! We are but 1 month away from the Great American Total Solar Eclipse . . . and we have the best seat in the house!

An abundance of preparation has taken place, and continues to take place, in Hopkinsville and Christian County. Partners like our city and county governments, local utility companies, police, fire, safety, transportation, and more tirelessly plan for our day to shine . . .
or “glow in the dark” we should say!

But with all of the logistical planning happening on a regional and state front, there’s much that you too can do to welcome family, friends, and visitors to the greatest show!

*Make sure that you stock up on your key grocery items well in advance of the weekend leading up to the Eclipse.

*Think about your local travel and event-going plans prior to that weekend . . . and fill up your gas tank to ensure fun with ease.

*Plan to have printed driving directions to various event locations across Christian County. It’s so important to remember that although there will be additional cell phone coverage in place, you may still experience difficulties with making a call, posting social media updates, and using GPS from your mobile devices.

    –>The Visit Hopkinsville Team will have copies of printed driving directions available at the new Visitors Center on Eclipse Weekend!

*Have plenty of bottled water—and ice!—on hand for all weekend outdoor activities . . . and especially for Eclipse-viewing!

*Be ready with your approved Eclipse Viewing Glasses! We’ve got our approved viewing glasses – click here for info on how to get yours!

*Continue showing your best hospitality to neighbors and visitors immediately after “totality” . . . we are likely to be spending more time together with one another as the traffic takes time to clear!

Happy counting down to Total #Eclipseville !

Happy Anniversary to Us!

It’s hard to imagine how time can pass so quickly—seems like just yesterday that we held
our Ground Breaking Ceremony . . . and dug the first shovels of dirt that would begin the construction of our new Visitors Center!

 

To get us to where we are now, many entities and individuals had to come to the table and play a part. The initial discussions for building a Visitors Center began about 10 years ago between the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Trail of Tears Commission. The City of Hopkinsville and Christian County Government, as well as Community Development Services, were also brought in early in the discussions and planning. After project funding was approved, Robinson Construction Company was hired as contractor and began work on July 13, 2016. In the coming days, we will give
a special shout out to all companies that have helped us achieve our dream!

                                                 

 

We are so close to being open and we invite Christian County residents and visitors alike to our new home once we are open! The Visit Hopkinsville Team will announce our opening date soon!

Like and follow us on Facebook and our social media channels . . . and make sure you stay tuned here for updates!

Summer Lovin’!

This summer Christian County is ALIVE with a wealth of adventure, history and mystery! We’re lovin’ all of our options . . . check them out below!

If Art and Education are your passion:

*Wednesday, July 12 – 12:00 noon – Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Hopkinsville Art Guild (Programs are presented on the second Wed. of each month)

108 E. 6th St., Hopkinsville
270-962-7307
http://hopkinsvilleartguild.org/

*Thursday, July 13 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Scholastic Book Fair at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

*Friday, July 14 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Scholastic Book Fair at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

*Saturday, July 15 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Scholastic Book Fair at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville
270-887-4262
http://hccpl.org/

 

If hometown fresh veggies, fruits, and honey are your cup of tea, then head over to the Downtown Farmers Market:

* Wednesday, July 12 – 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Customer Appreciation Days at Hopkinsville-Christian County Downtown Farmers Market

*Saturday, July 15 – 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Customer Appreciation Days at Hopkinsville-Christian County Downtown Farmers Market

*Open Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and Monday afternoons – Click here for more activities at the Farmers Market

Corner of 9th and Main Streets,
Hopkinsville

 

Movie-buffs both young and young-at-heart will love:

Movies in the Park

  • July 14 – 8:30 p.m. at Ruff Park – “SING”
  • July 21 – 8:30 p.m. at Hopkinsville Dog Park – “Angry Birds”
  • August 4 – 8:30 p.m. at Trail of Tears Commemorative Park – “Finding Dory”
  • For more information, call 270-887-4290, or visit the Division of Parks and Recreation website at hoptownrec.com .

For the teens in our community looking for a Splash of Fun:

*Friday, July 14 – 7:30 p.m. – H2Ohhh Teen Night at Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center

9503 Eagle Way Bypass, Hopkinsville

270-890-0730

www.tiebreakerpark.com

Music, music, music galore! :  

Pickin’ on the Porch Summer Concert Series

  • July 15, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • July 29, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • MB Roland Distillery, 137 Barkers Mill Rd., Pembroke, KY
  • For more information, visit http://mbroland.com/events/pickin-on-the-porch/ , or call 270-640-7744.
  • Additional Dates are August 12 — Mike Robinson , August 26 — Chris Robertson & The CMB

Summer Concert Series at Christian Way Farm – Faith Filled Fridays

  • July 14, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • July 28, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Christian Way Farm, 19590 Linville Rd., Hopkinsville, KY
  • For more information, visit christianwayfarm.com , or call 270-269-2434.
  • Additional Dates are August 14 & August 11

Classic Country and Traditional Bluegrass at Casey Jones Distillery

Live Music at Hopkinsville Brewing Company

Bluegrass Bash at Burdoc at Burdoc Farms Weddings & Events

  • Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20
  • 1655 Pleasant Grove Rd., Crofton
  • For more information, call 270-348-1483, or visit

www.burdocfarms.com
                        https://www.facebook.com/bluegrassatburdoc/

Adventure-lovers unite! :

Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides at Casey Jones Distillery


Still looking for more to do in Christian County?! Stay tuned – right here – for more adventure, history and mystery!

Celebrate with Us!

What a historic day! A pivotal point in our nation’s history, the 4th of July marks our declaration of freedom from British rule. The Continental Congress adopted the final version of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Here’s some fun factoids about our country’s declaration of freedom and birthday:

  • Thomas Jefferson used a “laptop” to draft the Declaration of Independence – no, not the laptop computer that we think of today, but instead a writing desk that fit on a person’s lap.
  • John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776; all others signed later.
  • 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence later served as our commander-in-chief – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
  • The stars on the original American flag stood tall in a circle formation so that all the Colonies were represented equally.
  • America’s stars shine ever so brightly as we lift up our rich history with our nation’s anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner”. The words were originally penned as a poem by Francis Scott Key and reflected his observations in 1814 on the British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. The words were later set to music, and 1931 marked the declaration of the song as our official national anthem.
  • A favorite tradition of the 4th of July holiday is fireworks. The American Pyrotechnics Association notes that in previous seasons a total of 285.3 million pounds of fireworks were used in the U.S., 260.7 million pounds of consumer fireworks were used, and 24.6 million pounds of display fireworks were used. In addition, a total of $1.09 billion was spent on fireworks.
  • And who’s eating barbecue on Independence Day?! Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on July 4th .

 

  • Par-tay!! The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.

Do you know where you’ll be celebrating your 4th of July festivities? We bet we do – check out all the fun in Christian County!

Saturday, July 1st – Sunday, July 2nd at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park – Kick off your holiday fun with a beach volleyball tournament, night hike, beach party, eclipse tie die t-shirts, and more! Click here for a full slate of holiday activities.

Monday, July 3rd at 9:00 p.m. at Ruff Park (located across from Hopkinsville Community College) – Experience the Red, White & Boom! Fourth of July fireworks celebration

Tuesday, July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – 4th of July Celebration at the Jefferson Davis Historic Monument in Fairview, KY. Check out Vendors…and hear the Reading and Signing of the Declaration of Independence!

Tuesday, July 4th at 7:00 p.m. at Hopkinsville High School – Your Hoptown Hoppers seek another win against Dubois County Bombers. Don’t miss the Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

Tiffany Quebe Joins the Visit Hopkinsville Team!

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce a new addition to their team, Tiffany Quebe. Tiffany will be working as the Marketing and Advertising Coordinator for the CVB team. Her commitment to serving Christian County began with her move to the region in 2010. She began working for the Christian County Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and supported the membership and military affairs programs.

Tiffany loves being able to showcase our great community and all it has to offer, whether it be to our neighbors and friends already living here or to those who are looking to visit and explore. Tiffany is ready to spread her wings and use her creativity with the CVB.

In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys creative activities such as interior design, catching up on some of her favorite TV programs, and spending time with friends and family.

Please join us in welcoming Tiffany!

Just two more months till the Eclipse

It’s just 2 months until we get to experience one of the most phenomenal sights that human eyes can convey to a brain! I just wanted to reminisce about the last 10 years since I learned that Hopkinsville was the point of greatest eclipse.  On June 1, 2007 I received the following email from Dirk Barthelow:

“I was wondering if any plans are being discussed or formulated for the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017.”

We did a google search and found out there was indeed a total solar eclipse that was running coast to coast in the United States.  The Visit Hopkinsville Team immediately added a count down clock on our website.  We began talking about the eclipse at the various meetings and let this information slowly begin to catch on throughout the community.

Our first community meeting was held February 26, 2013 at Harper House where we had about 65 people attending.  In August 2013 we brought in Dan McGlaun, an experienced eclipse chaser to speak to a group of 130 people at the Hopkinsville Community College.  At that time Dan had experienced 10 total eclipses.

We brought in 2 more eclipse chasers Mike Kentrianakis from Astoria, New York and Xavier Jubier from Paris, France.  They gave us an overview of what it is like to view a total solar eclipse.  One thing that they said about eclipses was there are never enough eclipse glasses.

The CVB started working with businesses in Hopkinsville to order eclipse glasses.  We purchased 160,000 pairs of eclipse glasses.  Out of that the CVB has almost 100,000 pairs and the rest were purchased by businesses around town.  The CVB has been selling t-shirts that glow in the dark since March 2013.  We also have eclipse chapsticks and souvenir drinking cups.

Last September the city of Hopkinsville hired Brooke Jung as the Eclipse Coordinator.  Brooke hit the ground running and her only job is all things eclipse.  The CVB assists her anyway we can.

Wow how did 10 years pass so quickly!