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New Team Member with the CVB

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to announce the newest member of their team, Matthew Dickerson.  Matthew will be working as a Customer Service Representative for the Bureau.  Matthew started as a Coop Student while attending Hopkinsville High School.  He graduated from HHS last month and will continue working and attending Hopkinsville Community College in the fall.

Matthew brings with him a young prospective on Hopkinsville & Christian County and has many ideas for reaching the millenniums to our community.  In addition to working with the CVB he also works for Cracker Barrel in Cadiz.  He enjoys swimming, traveling and eating at new places in his spare time.

Welcome Matthew!

Take Kids Fishing Day

Saturday, May 27th is a fun day for kids but I think the parents have just as much fun and the kids. Bring your fishing pole if you have one or use one of ours. The fun starts at 9:00 am and goes to 1:00 pm.

An average of 700 youth and 600 adults attend the yearly Take Kids Fishing Day event at Jeffers’ Bend. Over 60 businesses, groups and organizations provide support for this event. A registration fee of $2.00 in advance and $3.00 the day of the event.  Registration forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, Parks & Recreation, drive-up window at HES & HWEA.  The kids are provided a lunch, free T-shirts, and prizes for smallest fish, largest fish and most fish in each age group. Take Kids Fishing Day is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

 

Integrating Segregated Histories

Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Kentucky Historical Society invite residents and former residents of Hopkinsville-Christian County to come and share 19th or 20th century documents and photos that relate to the county’s rich African American history or Hopkinsville’s once-thriving Jewish community.

Kentucky Historical Society staff will scan and digitize photos and other documents on site and take photographs of any small three-dimensional items people bring. These scanned items will become part of KHS and MHHCC digital collections and will be available online.

Help us better document this important part of our history!

FREE ADMISSION      BRING PHOTOS      BRING DOCUMENTS

10 am – 3 pm
VIRGINIA STREET BAPTIST CHURCH

210 S. VIRGINIA STREET, HOPKINSVILLE, KY

Christian Way Farm and Mini Golf Opens April 1–and it’s a Party!

Spring is here and it’s time to open the farm and celebrate Mrs. Janie’s Birthday!
Come enjoy a day on the farm and play some mini golf.
The animals are ready to see you, including some new baby goats and baby sheep!
Since it’s Mrs Janie’s Birthday (No Foolin’) we will have some free cupcakes or ice cream ( a limited amount so come early!)
Hotdogs and other concessions will be available for purchase.
Admission is $7/Golf is $7 or a combo for $12.
We can’t wait to see you!
Looking forward:
Saturday April 15 – Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday May 13 – Scavenger Hunt with Armed Services YMCA

Kentucky Tourism names Christian Way Farm Top 10 Orchards to Visit This Fall

Fall has definitely become a favorite time for people to visit the farm.  When we started the farm in 2000 for school tours, we quickly learned the families wanted a pumpkin patch visit too.  You asked and we listened.

The farm is open daily Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays) from 10 am until dark.  The mini golf course has extended hours because the course is lit.  Please check our Hours for definite times.

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Hopkinsville Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

ThPlayful Citye Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation announced that the City of Hopkinsville is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the first time ever, with the news coming during a Wednesday morning press conference held to coincide with the national release of winning cities.  The gathering of city officials was held at DeBow Park with the popular Project Playground as the fitting backdrop.  Now in its 10th year, Playful City USA is the national recognition program that celebrates cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

Hopkinsville is one of 257 U.S. communities and one of only nine Kentucky communities recognized as a Playful City USA by KaBOOM! for 2016.  Hopkinsville joins Owensboro, Murray, Henderson, Pikeville, Simpsonville, Tompkinsville, Williamstown and Beaver Dam as the only Kentucky communities earning the 2016 Playful City USA designation.  Hopkinsville, Owensboro and Tompkinsville are all first-time winners.

“Hopkinsville is hopping with ways to encourage no and low-cost play and to promote active lifestyles among our community in all ages and stages.  From the greenway system, to soccer and softball fields and numerous parks, we’re excited to be a part of the Playful City USA initiative to continue to celebrate these and many more opportunities to support play in our city.  We look forward to continuing to invest in our town to ensure we can exercise, play, and win as a community!”  Mayor Carter Hendricks stated earlier this week.

“Collaboration was a main criteria in the Playful City USA evaluation process and it was easy to demonstrate collaborative efforts in Hopkinsville. Big thanks are due for the effort, energy and enthusiasm our Parks and Recreation team invested creating an award-winning application that explained our community efforts.  And, thanks are also due for the many organizations and individuals taking time to provide support letters explaining Hoptown’s cooperative spirit relative to kids and play.” Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Tab Brockman, stated.

“Our city and county have so mant groups that identify children in their mission to provide safe and productive play areas.  It’s great that KaBoom! has now recognized those efforts in Hopkinsville with this national Playful City USA designation.  This award is a testament to our community’s quality of life and commitment to play.  National recognition of this caliber helps our Chamber, CVB, and EDC in their efforts to attract more newcomers, businesses, and industries to Hopkinsville.”  Brockman added.

KaBOOM! representatives identify communities across the country for creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities.  Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails, and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and effors to put kids first,” said KABOOM! CEO James Siegal.  “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in.  By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

The designation also gives winning communities the right to display Playful City USA signs along major thoroughfares into their respective communities.  Hopkinsville leaders proudly displayed the award sign at the press conference.

To see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org.  We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #Playability with these community and program leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

Hopkinsville is officially the greatest place on earth to view the Eclipse!

It’s official! The Kentucky legislature has released an official resolution recognizing Hopkinsville Christian County as the point of Greatest Eclipse and the best place on Earth to view the 2017 North American Solar Eclipse.  The August 21st event will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous US in 37 years. Additionally, it is the first totality path to cross both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts since 1918.

The Resolution was presented on March 29, 2016 by Senator Whitney Westerfield. To view the full text of the resolution, click here to view a PDF.

Signs have been put up around town to celebrate the upcoming event.

Celebrate World UFO Day the Hoptown Way!

July 2nd has been designated World UFO Day by the World UFO Day Organization, which was founded to “raise awareness about the undoubted existence of UFO’s and with that intelligent beings from outer space.”

Here in Christian County, we have our own UFO history with the “Little Green Men” Encounter! In 1955, the Sutton family had an all night battle with aliens at their home in Kelly, Kentucky. Legend has it that between the hours of 11pm and 2am, the Sutton family has a shoot-out with a dozen aliens who were terrorizing, taunting, and scaring the family. The visitors were impervious to the bullets fired at them, and seemed to grow stronger through the fighting.

Lucky Sutton finally escaped the home and ran to Hopkinsville to contact the police for assistance. Despite the the police being on the scene for two hours, the extra terrestrial visitors were not seen again. It’s a mystery that has captivated truth-seekers around the world.

Each year in August, you can celebrate and learn all about these visitors at the Kelly “Little Green Men” Days!