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25 Reasons to be Thankful for Hopkinsville

  1. Traditions — whether it is running or walking the Turkey Trot with your family on Thanksgiving morning, or checking out your favorite local shop on November 30th during Shop Small Saturday, we LOVE traditions!
  2. Fort Campbell — We are proud to be home to the 101st and all of the incredible soldiers that keep our country safe!
  3. The rich history of the “sleeping prophet”, Edgar Cayce — Have you taken our Edgar Cayce cell phone tour?
  4. Native American Heritage Month — Celebrated the entire month of November, we pay tribute to the many men, women and children who passed through Hopkinsville during the Trail of Tears.
  5. The Hoptown Hoppers — There is just something special about baseball in the Bluegrass. We always love that first crack of the bat in the summer.
  6. A peaceful walk through the Hopkinsville Rail Trail — Connecting with nature, waving to friends and neighbors, these are all things we are thankful for!
  7. Testing our knowledge — Trivia Tuesdays at Davos & Trivia Thursdays at Main Street Tavern — where you can test your knowledge on all things trivia!
  8. Artistic Expression — There are so many ways to channel your inner artist with these local avenues — Griffin’s StudioThe Studio 3’sBrushy Fork Creek Gallery & Studio, and Hopkinsville Art Guild
  9. Downtown Renaissance District — Take a stroll downtown and see all of the beautiful historic buildings. We just love the architecture on 6th, 9th and Main Streets, amongst so many others!
  10. Local shopping — There are so many wonderful boutiques & shops to find all of your holiday needs — best of all, they are LOCAL!
  11. Farm Fresh Foods — From home grown veggies to fresh flowers, the Downtown Farmer’s Market has it all! From March-October you can stop by Wednesday and Saturday, there are even special markets during the holidays, that you don’t want to miss!
  12. Fantastic Festivals — We take our festivals very seriously and LOVE any chance to celebrate here in Hoptown. From our Summer Salute Festival to our Hoptown Harvest Festival to our Intertribal Pow Wow. We celebrate all that makes Hopkinsville unique.
  13. Community murals — Crafted by some of Hopkinsville’s best artists- Have you taken our mural tour?
  14. Local eateries — Did you know that there are over 100 restaurants in Christian County? How many have you sampled?
  15. Making Hoptown Hoppy — Hopkinsville Brewing Company — can you say craft beer? Yes, we are thankful for that!
  16. Raising our Spirits — Casey Jones Distillery — where you can always taste the eclipse and MB Roland Distillery with flavors like Pink Lemonade & St. Elmo’s Fire.
  17. Toasting our new winery — Naimoli Estate Vineyard and Winery’s new wine tasting room now open 6 days a week with delicious wine for all wine lovers.
  18. The Alhambra Theatre — For always bringing the entertainment! Did you know Wynonna Judd will be at the Alhambra on November 30th?
  19. Being the Bowling Ball Capital of the World — Thanks to Ebonite International, for producing over 500,000 bowling balls a year!
  20. Woody Winfree Fire- Transportation Museum — Housing the Museum of Historic Hopkinsville team while the Pennyroyal Area Museum is under renovation, this gem allows us to step back in time and revisit the past.
  21. Deep Diving — At Pennyroyal Scuba Center at Blue Springs Resort — this beautiful quarry here in Hopkinsville allows divers to explore the beautiful clear waters 120 ft. below the surface.
  22. Being good sports — At Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville — the best sports tourism venue in all of Western Kentucky!
  23. Sinking a hole in one — At Christian Way Farm — whether you are picking pumpkins or challenging your family to a round of miniature golf, there is so much fun to be had at Christian Way Farm!
  24. Agriculture — Who else loves the smell of a dark fired tobacco barn in the fall?
  25. Good, kind, giving Hoptownians who work to make this a better place to live each and every day!

Fall in Love with Hopkinsville

Pick a Pumpkin
Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf – Monday- Saturday in October – 10:00 am-DARK
Giles Farm – Saturdays in October from 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sundays in October from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Be Scared
Supper in the Cemetery @ Riverside Cemetery – October 11th – 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
Nightmares End Haunted House – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout October
Copper Canyon Ghost Town Haunted Hayride – Friday and Saturday nights throughout October – 7:00 pm-11:30 pm
Haunted Hoptown Walking Tour @ Woody Winfree Fire Transportation Museum – October 31st – 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

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Big Read shines spotlight on Our Town

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Hopkinsville has once again received this grant and has selected the book “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Be sure to check out these great literary events and pick up a copy of the book at one of the partner organizations.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!