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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!

8 Great Summer activities in Hopkinsville!



Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center

If you are looking to make a splash with your kids this summer, head over to Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center! With the Rip tide Express, Hurricane Alley, and a concession stand, there is gallons of fun to be had! The facilities are available for after-hours rentals and Wet & Wild Birthday Parties. The season begins May 24th, and the park is open daily through the summer.  For more information, please visit the Tie Breaker Park Website.

The Christian County Cattlemen’s Association Lonestar Championship Rodeo

Voted a Top 10 Event in Kentucky by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, the Cattlemen’s Rodeo is great fun for everyone! Contest Events include: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing, and Brahma Bull Riding. Box seats are available. For more information, check out the event information.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

With hiking and horse trails, a newly refurbished beach, and camping, there is so much to do at Pennyrile Forest. Head out for any of the special events including the Beginning of Summer Beach Blast and Moonlight Canoe Trips. For more information, contact the Park at (270)797-3421.

Jeffers’ Bend Environmental Center

Featuring a lake, walking trails and gardens, Jeffers’ Bend is a great place to take the family to explore the outdoors. Enjoy Take Kids Fishing Day or Dinner by the River as a special treat! For more information, visit their website.

Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf

Christian Way Farm and Mini Golf offers family farm tours, mini golf, a farm store, and Summer Day camps! For more information about any of the activities, or the many summer day camps, visit their website.

Trail of Tears Park

This historic park is one of the few documented sites of actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people to “Indian Territory”. It’s a great spot to learn about local history in the Heritage Center museum and explore the beautiful grounds. For more information about the park or the Annual Pow Wow in September, visit their website.

Copper Canyon Ranch

In October, Copper Canyon is a ghost town, but in the summer, you’re invited to take tours of the recreated Western Town and watch the live Gun Show! This space is also available for private events and has been featured in several films. For more information and hours, visit their website.

Pickin’ on the Porch at MB Roland Distillery

Pickin’ on the Porch is a live music event out at MB Roland Distillery that is fun for the whole family! At this party in Pembroke, you can enjoy bottomless snowcones, purchase your favorite MB Roland products and have delicious food. Starting May 24th, and happening every other week until November, Pickin’ on the Porch is an event you don’t want to miss. For a full schedule, visit their website.

 

For a full listing of events and attractions for you to discover, use the Play and Find and Event tabs!

Hopkinsville Rotary Auction, April 21-26, 2014

The Hopkinsville Rotary Club’s Annual Rotary Auction is the most successful publicly-funded student loan program in the world. It is also the largest single Rotary Club fundraising project in all of Rotary International, which includes 32,000 clubs in 200 nations worldwide. Yes, we are proud of and excited about this great community service project!

It started with a goat, and it grew!

more: Hopkinsville Rotary Auction, April 21-26, 2014

Be Mesmerized by Hypnotist Doug MacCraw!

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County are bringing a bit of mystery and wonder to the Alhambra! Here is some more info about the event:

“Be mesmerized with the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County! Join us on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:30pm as we welcome celebrity hypnotist Doug MacCraw to the Alhambra Theatre stage. MacCraw is a natural at combining his skills as a stand-up comedian with the science of hypnotism to create the most fast-paced, professional Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show in the country today. Dare to join our own Museum Director Alissa Keller and Christian County Historian William T. Turner and others on stage. This performance is not to be missed!


This fun-filled hypnotist show is offered in conjunction with the 22nd annual Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar to be held March 28-30, 2014. Best-selling authors Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick join the Museums to pay tribute to Hopkinsville’s most famous son. Join the experts for an exciting weekend of lectures, discussions, and a guided tour of local sites important to Cayce’s story. Edgar Cayce discovered his gifts while hypnotized on a stage in Hopkinsville. Maybe the next Edgar Cayce is already among us!

Tickets for the Hypnotist Show are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.MuseumsofHopkinsville.org/ECseminar2014 or at the Pennyroyal Area Museum at 217 East 9th Street, Hopkinsville.

For more information about the full Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar, visit our website at www.MuseumsofHopkinsville.org/ECseminar2014 or contact the museum at 270-887-4270.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Planters Bank, WHOP/Lite 98.7, WKDZ/WHVO, Christian County Cares 2015, and the Kentucky New Era.”

Hoptown is a Star!

Hopkinsville-Christian County now has a promotional video to showcase it’s beauty and attractions!  The Convention & Visitors Bureau worked with Miles Media and the Kentucky Department of Travel to write, film, and produce this video.

The film crew arrived in town in August, and it was a whirlwind day for the CVB team. “It was so hard to choose where to go, since we only had one day to film,” said CVB Director Cheryl Cook, “With over 40 attractions and tons of local history and culture, boiling down all that we have to offer to 3 minutes was challenging. We weren’t able to show everything, but the goal is to drive interest for people to check out Christian County and explore all that we have to offer.”

Local community members were invited to the locations to appear in the video, and several came out to show their support. Overall, it was a long but fun day showing off our community. Check out the video for yourself and see if you can find any familiar faces!