annual event

Christmas at the Bend at Jeffers Bend

Join in the fun at this year’s Christmas at the Bend! The event will take place at Jeffers Bend Environmental Center in Hopkinsville on Saturday, December 5th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. You can enjoy refreshments such as homemade cookies, apples and apple slices, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider! Make Christmas cards for nursing home residents, create fun craft projects, learn about wintertime bird-feeding and fire safety, and have your photo* taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Admission is $5 per car | $10 per bus (up to 15 passengers) | $15 per bus (16+ passengers) | Free for Military Families & First Responders
*(Additional $5 fee for photo with Santa)
Tickets may be purchased from: Jeffers Bend Environmental Center on Metcalfe Lane, a member of the Jeffers Bend Steering Committee, the gate on the day of the event.

For questions or more information on the event, call Charles Turner (RC&D Coordinator/Volunteer) at the Jeffers Bend office at 270-885-5600 or email [email protected]

Fall Photography Weekend – at Pennyrile Forest

Come on out to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park for their Fall Photography Weekend!
The weekend features a digital photography contest with an evening program presented by photography professionals. Photographs may be taken anywhere within the state park and forest. Bring your own camera.
Online registration available. Day of registration is $35. Children 16 and under pay just $10. Lodging discount available.

1st Annual Southern Lanes Trick or Treat Party

Come out and join Southern Lanes at their first annual Southern Lanes Trick or Treat Party filled with local businesses to hand out info, coupons, candy and more to kids and their parents. They will also will have inside with inside games, bowling, and fun inside their brand new arcade.

They will have costume contests in 3 age divisions. Infant-5, 6-10, 11 & up and will also be offering wristbands for you to enjoy Bowling, laser tag, mini golf and bumper cars for one price!

National Public Land’s Day – at Pennyrile Forest

Bring your family, friends, students, or co-workers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your community by pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and more. Your work will help ensure that Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will continue to be a beautiful place for all to enjoy!

2020 Kentucky Barn Smoker

Join Drew Estate for the 7th annual Kentucky Barn Smoker on Saturday September 26th in Hopkinsville, KY. Engage all the senses as you witness the lighting of oak, maple and hickory on fire to cure the Kentucky seed and Kentucky grown tobaccos.

It’s all about the smoke! Kentucky Fire Cured cigars are hand crafted using authentic fire cured tobaccos from Kentucky and hearty Nicaraguan fillers resulting in a smoking experience like no other. Swamp Thang adds a naturally sweet candela wrapper that accentuates the fire cured tobaccos and reinforces the pioneering spirit of creating something truly new and original that only Drew Estate can. Learn about both at the Kentucky Barn Smoker!

Barn Smoker 2020 continues to expand the festival atmosphere that celebrates attendees love of the leaf and the Drew Estate Culture. Envisioned and inspired by Jonathan Drew to bring aficionados, brands, and local businesses to American Tobacco Farms, Barn Smoker events also serve to raise awareness for Cigars for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) charity, whose sole focus is to support the American military.

 

Nature Fest at Jeffers Bend

Join the community for Nature Fest – a family event for health and wellness – held annually at Jeffers Bend! With activities ranging from a walk in the woods with master gardeners, to canoe tours on the lake, to a nature carnival with prizes, to storytelling and more . . . there’s tons of fun to be had by all!

Jeffers Bend is located on Metcalfe Lane, just off the intersection with North Main Street. Admission includes events, activities, and parking.
Admission – $10 per car | Active Duty Military with ID – Free | First Responders with ID – Free | $15 per bus (up to 25 people) | $30 per bus (26+ people)

For more information, call 270-885-5600 or 270-886-6719.

Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K

Save the date for the Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K! This year’s race will be held on September 19, 2020 and will be a part of The West Kentucky 270 Trifecta Race Series!

Come experience the beauty and charm of west Kentucky scenery and hospitality in Hopkinsville, or Hoptown as we call it! The course winds through downtown Hoptown, residential areas, through beautiful Christian County countryside and returns to finish downtown on the popular and new Greenway/Rail Trail.

For more information on this year’s race, follow Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K on Facebook!

A Tradition of Service Above Self: 70th Hopkinsville Rotary Auction

Since 1950, the Hopkinsville Rotary Auction (and its generous community donors) has raised over $11 million to donate to the Hopkinsville Community College Rotary Scholars Program, giving local high school graduates the opportunity to attend HCC tuition-free. This year, in the spirit of #HoptownRotary‘s century of service, the 70th Hopkinsville Rotary Auction — chaired by Scott Cowan — carries a theme of “A Tradition of Service Above Self.”

NEW DATE: September 14-19, 2020 at the War Memorial Building (1202 S. Virginia Street) in downtown Hopkinsville, the Rotary Auction will attempt to reach a goal of $300,000. Last year’s Auction raised $330,180.87 for the Scholars program.

The Auction also helps support the Rotary loan program and other youth and education-based efforts in the community. The financial support of donors not only makes a significant difference in the lives of Christian County students, but it also works to improve the overall quality of the available workforce. Over the years, this annual auction has grown into the largest single fundraiser in all of Rotary International.