Solar Eclipse Hopkinsville Awarded International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Grand Pinnacle Award

October 2, 2018
San Diego, California- The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to Solar Eclipse Hopkinsville with its highest honor Monday night in San Diego during the 63rd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat.
The highly-coveted Grand Pinnacle Award in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition has four winners in four different levels. Hopkinsville was recognized as a Level 2 winner, operating within a budget range of $250,000 to $1 million.
Winners of the Grand Pinnacle Award, chosen among 1,250 submitted entries, are selected based on excellence in creativity, execution, logistics, marketing, emergency management, community outreach and more.
Eclipse Marketing and Events Consultant Brooke Jung and Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham were on hand to accept the award.
“We are so excited and honored to receive the International Grand Pinnacle Award recognizing our community’s Eclipse preparation and execution,” said Hopkinsville Mayor, Carter Hendricks. “It was a total team effort as our community rolled out the red carpet and provided awesome Hopkinsville hospitality. Thanks to Brooke Jung and the incredible team of volunteers, stakeholders, sponsors, and employees that helped Hopkinsville-Christian County shine during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. We look forward to continuing to Eclipse all expectations!”
Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from some of the world’s top festivals and events*.
Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, CO; the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC; the City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL; the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, KY; the Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events in Pigeon Forge, TN; The Parade Company in Detroit, MI; the Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA; the City of Richardson, Richardson, TX; the Fiesta Bowl, Scottsdale, AZ and Canada Day at Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
International winners included such diverse event organizations as RedFilo Events, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Destination NSW, Sydney, Australia; Guangdong Chimelong Group, Gaungzhou, China; Cuckoo Events, Dublin, Ireland; Rotterdam Festivals, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival, Songpa-gu, South Korea.
“To simply be mentioned and honored in the same breath as some of these incredible events, destinations and entities is remarkable in itself. But to also be awarded with the highest honor given by IFEA is amazing and a testament to our community,” Jung said. “It was a privilege to represent Hopkinsville and Christian County, accepting the award on behalf of our tremendous citizens.”
Awards* were handed out in 69 different categories in total including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site; Commemorative Poster; Sponsorship Program; Parade; Educational Program, Accessibility Program; Children’s Program; Social Media Campaign; Merchandising Program in addition to the highest award given by the IFEA in recognition of those Festivals and Events* who have a balance of all the elements necessary to ensure a successful event – the Grand Pinnacle.
“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.  Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.
*All winners are selected from those Festivals and Events who specifically enter the competition. Each category is separated into four separate budget categories. Each entry is judged within those budget categories, against the criteria and requirements of the specific category.
For a complete list of Pinnacle winners go to:
For more information on the IFEA, go to

The Best Places to Grab a Stack of Pancakes in Hoptown!

It’s National Pancake Day and we are drooling here in Christian County! Check out these awesome spots around town to grab a delicious short stack of this breakfast staple:

G’s Pancake House, 15108 Fort Campbell Blvd., Oak Grove, KY 42262

Holiday Burger, 3806 LaFayette Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Roundie’s Rock, 115 E. 1st Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Shoney’s, 4000 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240

The Village Restaurant, 100 Navaho Trail, Hopkinsville, KY 42240

The 3P’s of YOUR Travels Across Hoptown

Places! . . . People! . . . Photo-op! What do these 3 words have in common you might ask?

Each one is an integral element in your travel and tourism experience right here in Hopkinsville and Christian County!

Whether it’s a tour across a local farm to learn more about agriculture and take in a round of mini-golf, or a stay at one of our fine hotels or bed and breakfasts, or catching a delicious dinner or yummy ice cream . . . every tourism attraction, every lodging option, every restaurant and dining spot comes together to build a one-of-a-kind visitor experience across all of Hopkinsville and Christian County!

The people who staff each destination you spend time at . . . the new friendships that are made among visitors just like you . . . the family members and friends who get to join in your travels and experience these uniquely authentic moments right beside you . . . all of these blend together to create memories of Hopkinsville and Christian County that will last a lifetime!

Smile and say cheese! Who doesn’t love a great photo-op?! From photos for your family scrapbook to prime selfie spots, Hopkinsville and Christian County is filled with scenic locales and attractions perfect for capturing all of your travel memories!

Come check out all of the incredible events and adventures you’ll find across our community—and be sure to share your pics with us as you #VisitHopkinsville !

Happy Travels from your Visit Hopkinsville Team!

Learning About Breakfast at Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf


Kentucky Hot Brown Fries at Seafood King


Kennedy Family at Visitors Center


Come GROW With Us!

The spring season is a time of renewal and growth. Here in Hopkinsville and Christian County, the growth can’t be more evident as your Visit Hopkinsville team sits at the table at so many exciting opportunities for our community! In recent weeks we’ve seen the sign unveiling for the future I-169 corridor, and the groundbreaking ceremony for a brand new hotel, perfectly attached to the Bruce Convention Center, one of our community’s premier event venues. We’ve shared in celebrations for renovations and expansions at retail and art entertainment businesses. And shining through it all we’ve seen our community’s dedication to providing outstanding visitor and customer experiences, enthusiastically charging ahead with a vast array of activities at each tourism attraction.

As we take in all that our community has to offer, it is remarkable! Everywhere we look, both small businesses and larger companies are springing ahead at a rapid pace with their expansions and growth.

We invite you to come grow with us! As you plan your trip, explore and give us a call for activities and events to fill your must-check-out itinerary!

Happy Travels from your Visit Hopkinsville Team!

(Photo Credit: Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf)

Feel the EGG-citement!

EGG-citing events and activities are filling your family’s Easter weekend itinerary in Hopkinsville and Christian County! So let’s celebrate!

Amanda’s Cupcake CaféGood Friday Meal

Joelle’s Bakery & Cafe – Cookies and cupcakes available on Good Friday

Christian Way Farm Easter Egg Hunt and Opening Day – Saturday

WHOP’er Egg Hunt – Saturday


| also on Saturday be sure to stop by |

Bon Voyage Party at the Pennyroyal Area Museum

Guided Hike of the Pennyrile Nature Trail at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

On Easter Sunday, bring the whole family over to the Easter Egg-citement event at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The Park will have a Special Easter Buffet from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Polaroid pictures with the Easter Bunny in the lobby at 1:30 p.m., and a free Easter Egg Hunt at the Lodge at 2:30 p.m.

And since all of these activities aren’t enough :) check out our calendar at .

Happy Travels from your Visit Hopkinsville Team !

You’ll Be Green With Envy If You Miss This Deal!

St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon . . . we want you to be ready! So here’s a deal to help you show off your holiday spirit of adventure, history and mystery!     

From now through St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, take $5 off on our Green T-shirts (style: Adventure|History|Mystery) with this special coupon code: BE*GREEN!

Our uniquely-designed short-sleeved T-shirts illustrate the beauty of our community with simplicity and ease. A blend of polyester and rayon, with combed and ring-spun cotton creates the ultra soft feel you are sure to love! Sizes available range from S – 2X.

Remember—don’t be green with envy! Purchase your Green tee today! To purchase, call the Visitors Center at 270-887-2300, or drop by our office located at 1730 E. 9th St. in Hopkinsville. Tell us that you saw this post and we’ll apply the deal!

Happy St. Patty’s Day from your Visit Hopkinsville Team!

Today’s a Great Day . . .

. . . for a great day here in Hopkinsville and Christian County!
And although we may still be looking forward to the first official day of spring, it’s already feeling so much like our favorite season of the year. Time to hit the road and experience our unique local flair!


Love immersing yourself in nature’s splendor?  Each month, our friends at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park host a First Day Hike, along with other special events. Pennyrile Forest is a must-see destination!


And for your ‘lil Easter egg hunter, Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt as part of the farm’s Opening Day on March 31st.

Love history? The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library have a host of special events and exhibits ready for your visit!


Love art? Catch a live theatre performance by Campanile Productions—you can “be their guest” at “Beauty and The Beast” on March 8-11th! And how about a trip to Griffin’s Studio for a class or an open studio session—so much fun!!

For a look at all of our community’s upcoming special events, check out our calendar at

Happy Travels from your Visit Hopkinsville Team !

What a Sweet Day!

Life sure is sweet here in Hoptown—in fact, we can’t think of any place sweeter to spend your Valentine’s Day! And for those of you in pursuit of celebration ideas . . . we’re here to help!

Whether you are in search of gorgeous flowers and unique gifts, delightful chocolate and sweet desserts, the perfect new outfit for dinner, or fabulous food fare . . . our local merchants have you covered!

* Impress your sweetheart with lovely arrangements from West & Witherspoon and Arsha’s House of Flowers . . . or one-of-a-kind fun gifts from Towne and Country and Gracious Me!
* Tame your sweet tooth with dessert choices galore at Amanda’s Cupcake Café and Joelle’s Bakery & Cafe. And if you want to treat your honey to a great lunch—for Valentine’s Day or any day!—both cafes serve delicious sandwiches, soups and more!
* Make a visit to all of our fabulous boutiques and experience top-notch service as you shop for your dinner outfit and accessories!
* Top off your day with a divine dinner from one of our local restaurants!

For links to unique shopping, entertainment, and attractions, click here.

For a list of restaurants and dining options, click here.

And for information on all that is Hopkinsville and Christian County, the Visit Hopkinsville Team is just a phone call away! Reach us at 270-887-2300 .

Happy Valentine’s Day from your Visit Hopkinsville Team!

What a Deal! . . . As You Show Off the Beauty of Hometown Pride!

Enjoy a stroll down historic 6th Street . . . hear the joy and laughter of children in our community parks . . . learn about the ‘Sleeping Prophet’ and all of the famous folks who have shaped our history. Our heritage shines with rustic barns that fill the rolling countryside . . . a dedication to sustainability and innovation in farming practices . . . and all the adventure, history and mystery imaginable!

We want you to be the most approached person in the room—Hopkinsville and Christian County style that is! And since you are proud of Hopkinsville and Christian County . . . here’s a deal to help you show it off!

From now through Valentine’s Day, February 14th, take $5 off on T-shirts with this special coupon code: CCPROUD!

Our uniquely-designed long-sleeved and short-sleeved T-shirts illustrate the beauty of our community with simplicity and ease. A blend of polyester and rayon, with combed and ring-spun cotton creates the ultra soft feel you are sure to love! Three styles are available (two of which are available in both long-sleeved and short-sleeved), and each can be purchased in sizes ranging from S – 2X.

To purchase your t-shirt, call the Visitors Center at 270-887-2300, or drop by our office located at 1730 E. 9th St. in Hopkinsville. Tell us that you saw this post and we’ll apply the deal!

Happy Travels from your Visit Hopkinsville Team!


You Need a Vacation!

Thinking about those travel bucket list items . . . and when you might be able check one—or several—off your list? Searching for peace and tranquility in your everyday life . . . and need a little downtime?

Sounds like you need to plan a vacation—and now’s the perfect time to get started! Today, January 30th, is “National Plan for Vacation Day”—the day that is set aside for planning our vacation days for the rest of this year!

Recent studies done through Project: Time Off have revealed that slightly less than half of working Americans dedicate time to planning use of their full slate of paid vacation days. So what does this mean? A lack of planning represents a missed $236 billion that could be circulated through our economy. Taking the time for early planning can change that stat . . . and can lead to increased happiness with jobs, relationships, and health.

To help you make the most out of your downtime, get the whole family involved and start early. Project: Time Off has developed a vacation planning tool that you can use to maximize your vacation plans. Click here to start planning now.

And for information on all the top attractions in Hopkinsville and Christian County, the Visit Hopkinsville Team is just a phone call away! Reach us at 270-887-2300 .

Be sure to also request your copy of our community Visitors Guide– click here to download, or fill out the online form at .

Happy “National Plan for Vacation Day” from your Visit Hopkinsville Team!







(Photo courtesy of Burdoc Farms)