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2019 Trail of Tears Pow Wow

Each year, the weekend after Labor Day, come enjoy the Native American Dance Competitions, singing, storytelling, Indian flute demonstrations, Native American jewelry, clothing, books, arts, and more! A drum competition will be held, with 1st place winning $2,000, 2nd place winning $1,000, and 3rd place winning $500.

Event Schedule:

Saturday, September 7th, 2019
9:00 am –> Dance Registration
1:00 pm –> Grand Entry
4:30 pm –> Dinner Break
6:00 pm –> Grand Entry

Sunday, September 8th, 2019
1:00 pm –> Grand Entry
6:00 pm –> Awards & Retire Colors

Enjoy refreshments including Indian Fry Bread and other delicious treats. Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 7-12), free (children ages 6 and under), and parking is free.

For more information on this year’s Pow Wow, follow Trail of Tears Pow Wow on Facebook!
And for more information on the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center, visit http://trailoftears.org/ .

Tourism Spending Up $10 Million in Christian County for 2018

 

Following Eclipse windfall in 2017, numbers continue to increase across the board

August 15, 2019
Christian County, KY – Visitor spending and visitation growth are on the rise throughout Christian County, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kentucky Department of Tourism.

Economic impact figures show that visitors to the area spent $192.89 million in 2018, which is just over $10 million more than the $182.71 million total in 2017.

“These numbers are a direct reflection of our incredible tourism destinations and hospitality partners in Christian County and the impact they have on drawing visitors to our community,” said Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Brooke Jung. “We love seeing these numbers continue to grow, and are constantly hearing from visitors what a wonderful experience they have while exploring all facets of Hopkinsville and Christian County.”

Not only did Christian County see an increase in tourism spending, but also in employment. A total of 1,608 tourism-related jobs were reported county-wide, leading to the creation of 68 more jobs in the hospitality sector than in 2017 and, subsequently, the generation of $36.79 million in labor income. In addition, tourism in Christian County contributed $13.44 million in state and local taxes.

The continued increase in tourism is partially attributed to the growth and popularity of the craft spirits industry and the visitor interest in experiencing unique distilleries, breweries and wineries. The addition of a dedicated Visitors Center that is open seven days a week, has also played a role in informing visitors of the variety of activities/attractions to visit while in the community.

Many patrons have also shown interest in historical tourism, and have traveled from all corners of the earth to visit the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park. In 2018 alone, thousands of people visited the Heritage Cabin from 31 states and 10 countries.

In 2017, Hopkinsville was the Point of Greatest Eclipse for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, which saw an estimated economic impact of $28.5 million in economic impact. The recent numbers provided by the Kentucky Department of Tourism indicate that 2018 has surpassed even those astronomical figures.

Using the Tourism Economics model, the economic impact of the tourism industry in Kentucky went from $10.9 billion in 2017 to $11.2 billion in 2018, generating more than 94,500 jobs and $787 million in state and local taxes.

For additional information regarding tourism in Hopkinsville and Christian County please contact Brooke Jung, Executive Director, Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau at 270-887-2300 or [email protected]

The 2019 Western KY State Fair is here!

It’s the best time of the summer…time for the Western Kentucky State Fair! Have you decided which day(s) you are going to head over for some fair fun?! 🎡Be sure to mark your calendar for June 21-29, 2019.

Check out the schedule below, but be sure to visit their website (www.westernkystatefair.org) for the full list of all the great events and promotions they have in store!

Admission 
$3 per person
$1 with military ID
Ages 2 & under Free

Friday, June 21st
5:00 p.m. – Gates Open
6:00 p.m. – Rides Open (Armbands $15)
6:00 p.m.- Pedal Pulls Competition
7:00 p.m. – Justin Reynolds Band

Saturday, June 22nd
10:00 a.m. – Infant, Baby & Tiny Tot pageant
*$5 parking, $1 admission for pageants
4:00 p.m. – Gates Open
5:00 p.m. – Rides Open
5:30 p.m. – Mrs. WKSF Pageant
6:00 p.m. – Pedal Pulls Competition
7:00 p.m. – Demo Derby
7:30 p.m. – Miss WKSF Pageant

Sunday, June 23rd
1:00 p.m. – Youth Pageant (Ages 3-15)
2:00 p.m. – Gates Open
3:00 p.m. – Antique Tractor Pulls
3:00 p.m. – Rides Open($20 armbands)
6:30 p.m. – Faith & Family Night
**Free admission from 2-5 p.m. with church bulletin (1 per person)
**Free rides from 3-5 p.m. with church bulletin (1 per person)

Monday, June 24th
4:00 p.m. – Gates Open
5:00 p.m. – Petting Farm Opens
5:00 p.m. – Rides Open (Armbands $18)
7:00 p.m. – Ranch Rodeo
7:00 p.m. – Ms. Plus Pageant

Tuesday, June 25th
4:00 p.m. – Gates Open (Pennyrile Annual Mtg)
5:00 p.m. – Rides Open (Armbands $18)
5:30 p.m. – Ridge Runners Concert
6:00 p.m. – Petting Farm,
6:00 p.m. – 4-H Rabbit & Poultry Show
7:00 p.m. – Ben & Noel Haggard
7:00 p.m. – Go Cart Races
**Free admission for PRECC members with coupon until 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26th
9:00 a.m. – 4-H Goat Show
4:00 p.m. – Gates Open
4:00 p.m. – 4-H, FFA & Homemakers exhibit
5:00 p.m. – Rides Open (Armbands $18)
5:00 p.m. – Petting Farm Open
6:00 p.m. – 4-H/FFA Goat Show
7:00 p.m. – Lawn Tractor Pulls
7:00 p.m. – Jacob Johnson Concert
** Military Appreciation Day – Armbands only $10 with Military ID

Thursday, June 27th
3:00 p.m. – 4-H/FFA Tractor driving contest
4:00 p.m. – Gates Open (Farm Bureau Mtg)
5:00 p.m. – Rides Open (Armbands $18)
5:00 p.m. – Petting Farm Open
6:00 p.m. – 4-H/FFA Sheep Shop
6:00 p.m. – Pedal Pulls Competition
6:00 p.m. – Music by Jimmy Stewart
7:00 p.m. – Stock Tractor & Diesel Truck Pulls
** Free admission for Farm Bureau members with coupon until 6 p.m.

Friday, June 28th
4:00 p.m. – Gates Open
5:00 p.m. – Durham Clydesdale Horses
5:00 p.m. – Rides Open (Armbands $20)
5:00 p.m. – Petting Farm Open
6:00 p.m. – 4-H/FFA Cattle Show
6:00 p.m. – Pedal Pulls Competition
7:00 p.m. – Barn Bash by WKDZ Featuring Blane Howard & Queeva
7:00 p.m. – Mid-South Truck & Tractor Pulls

Saturday, June 29th
9:00 a.m. – 4-H Market Hog Show
4:00 p.m. – Gates Open
4:00 p.m. – Petting Farm & Clydesdales
5:00 p.m. – Rides Open (Armbands $20)
6:00 p.m. – Pedal Pulls Competition
7:00 p.m. – Corn Hole Tournament
7:00 p.m. – UCW Wrestling
7:00 p.m. – Mid-South Truck & Tractor Pulls

Hoptown Hoppers Baseball!

Younger generations may not know it, but Hopkinsville has a rich history when it comes to America’s favorite pastime. The Hoptown Hoppers borrowed their name from a minor league team that played decades ago in the now-disbanded “Kitty” League. Although the original Hoppers were a true “minor” league franchise, today’s Hoppers are part of the Ohio Valley League – a summer collegiate wood bat baseball league. Players come from their colleges and universities all across the country to sharpen their baseball skills during the OVL season.

Admission to games is only $5, and some nights, even FREE! Be sure to check the schedule for promotions and special events. New this year, Stitches Hop-A-Long Crew for kids ages 6-12.

Home games are held at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) at Hopkinsville High School field, located at 430 Koffman Drive, Hopkinsville, KY  42240.

So make your way to a game and cheer on our Hoptown Hoppers to victory!
Friday, May 31, 2019 – vs. Madisonville
Sunday, June 2, 2019 – vs. Franklin @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – vs. Paducah
Thursday, June 6, 2019 – vs. Henderson
Friday, June 7, 2019 – vs. Owensboro
Sunday, June 9, 2019 – vs. Dubois County @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – vs. Muhlenberg Co.
Thursday, June 13 – vs. Madisonville
Saturday, June 15, 2019 – vs. Muhlenberg Co.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 – vs. Fulton
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 – vs. Dubois Co.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – vs. Henderson
Friday, July 5, 2019 – vs. Franklin
Saturday, July 6, 2019 – vs. Muhlenberg Co.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – vs. Owensboro
Friday, July 12, 2019 – vs. Paducah
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – vs. Henderson
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – vs. Owensboro
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – vs. Madisonville
Friday, July 26, 2019 – Playoffs Round 1 Start
Monday, July 29, 2019 – Playoffs Round 2 Start

It’s National Travel & Tourism Week!

Did you know that tourism accounts for $149 Million in economic impact annually for Christian County?
Or that Tourism is the 4th largest industry in Christian County, behind Fort Campbell, the manufacturing industry and the Christian County Board of Education.
How about the fact that the Trail of Tears is a National Park and has over 2,700+ visitors to the park annually.
Hungry? Choose from over 120 restaurants in Christian County…yummm!
With over 1,000 hotel rooms, ample meeting space and a brand new 54,000 square foot sportsplex, it is easy to see that Hopkinsville-Christian County is the perfect destination for you!

Thanks for visiting our beautiful community…we hope you come back real soon!

For additional information about tourism in Christian County, check out our Christian County Tourism Infographic

Hoptown is my Hometown Celebration

In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11, 2019, we will be having a week of experiential giveaways! That’s right…a fabulous Hoptown giveaway EVERY day, on the Visit Hopkinsville Facebook page, so stay tuned for more details on how to win!

The week will culminate with a party at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 7 a.m- 1 p.m. for “Hoptown is my Hometown” Week! Everyone will walk away with some Hopkinsville swag!

Have a Hoppy Easter in Hoptown!

Easter weekend is upon us and we know that your kiddos are probably already Egg-cited about spotting the Easter bunny and finding the best eggs!

We’ve made an easy guide to your Easter weekend activities (which even includes an adult event)…happy hunting!

Hoptown Harvest Festival

Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Hoptown Harvest Festival, September 26-28, 2019! Check out all of the great events!

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 pm – CMT’s Next Women of Country: Stephanie Quayle
–> Click here to purchase your ticket! 

Friday, September 27, 2019
6:00 pm – Farm to Table Dinner in Founders Square
–> Click here to purchase your ticket!

Saturday, September 28, 2019
7:00 am – Inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K
11:00 am – Downtown Farmers Market & Vintage Craft Fair
12:00 pm – Military Affairs Salute Saturday Chili Cook-off and Grilled Cheese Challenge
12:00 pm – Kentucky Bourbon Mashoree

And to stay up-to-date on all festivities of the Hoptown Harvest Festival events, follow the festival on Facebook!