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2021 Hopkinsville Bucket List

Give the gift of Hoptown!

Give the gift of Hoptown this holiday season! You can find these local products that are all unique to Hopkinsville!

20 reasons to be thankful for Hopkinsville!

In Hopkinsville, we are SO thankful for…

1. Keeping the tradition alive … VIRTUALLY! The 19th Annual Turkey Trot will be held virtually in 2020 and will allow runners/walkers to complete the 5K at any location, at any time!  Visit HoptownRec.com by Nov. 18 to order your official race shirt.

2. Celebrating Native American Heritage Month in November! We recognize the entire month by paying tribute to the men, women and children who passed through Hopkinsville during the Trail of Tears. Did you know you can get your National Parks Passport stamped at Trail of Tears Park & Commemorative Center?

3. Raising a glass at Casey Jones Distillery and MB Roland Distillery! Take a tour and sample some spirits at these two grain-to-glass craft distilleries here in Christian County, then complete the Stateline Whiskey Tour to earn a unique gift.

4. Connecting with nature on the newly expanded Hopkinsville Rail Trail!

5. Spending some family time in the corn maze or sinking a hole-in-one at Christian Way Farm‘s mini golf course.

6. Dining at one of our fabulous local establishments. Christian County is home to over 120 restaurants! How many have you had a chance to sample? 

7. Browsing at one of our beautiful local boutiques and shops to help find all of your holiday needs!

8. Saluting our brave men and women. We are proud to be home to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. Our thanks to all the wonderful soldiers who keep our country safe. 

9. Toasting to good friends and good times, while exploring the breathtaking property at Naimoli Estate Vineyard & Winery!

10. Listening to the sound of live music coming from the Alhambra Theatre!  

11. Smelling the unmistakeable scent of dark fired tobacco barns. Did you know that Christian County has more farmland acreage than any other county in the Bluegrass State?

12. Driving backroads in Christian County and soaking in the scenic routes. 

13. Taking a free self-guided cell phone tour to learn more about prominent African American Historical sites and Edgar Cayce’s life in Hopkinsville.

14. Enjoying Hopkinsville’s vibrant art scene! There are so many shops where you can express your inner artist. You can even enter a design to be featured on a Downtown Hoptown Banner by submitting to the Hopkinsville Art Guild!

15. Learning the rich heritage and history told through the brand new exhibits at the Pennyroyal Area Museum

16. Racing to the finish line at Christian County’s newest attraction – Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel!

17. Exploring the beautiful clear waters from 120 feet below the surface at Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort

18. Sipping a delicious flight at Hopkinsville Brewing Company, where Hoptown stays hoppy! Enjoy a pint of craft beer while checking out the new expansion.

19. Playing on approximately 112 acres of complex parks and recreations spaces! Get out and stretch your legs or check out at the free walking tracks at Tie Breaker Athletic Park or inside the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex on cool brisk mornings!

20. Patronizing our lovely event venues that help create spectacular memories during life moments we hold most dear. Our unique event spaces provide breathtaking backdrops in making up the fabric of our community. 

4-H Bale Trail

Thanks to our Emerald Sponsors for making the inaugural Christian County Bale Trail a success: Planters Bank, Tentuck Farms, Sugar Creek Two Farms and Gracey Dairy Dip.

Vote for your favorite Bale on the Christian County 4-H Facebook page.

Check out this year’s un-bale-avable entries:


1. Its the Great Pumpkin, Char-Hay Brown!
Sugar Creek Two Farms
9445 Greenville Rd., Hopkinsville

2. I Scream, Ewe Scream, We’ll All Scream for Ice cream
Gracey Dairy Dip
11635 M. Long Road, Gracey

3. Hay-ppy Camper
Phillip & Angela Cantrell
1618 Windwood Court, Hopkinsville

4. Pay Day, Hay Day at Planters Bank
Planters Bank
Corner of Virginia and 14th Streets, Hopkinsville

5. “Hay”nging Flower Basket
McCourt Family
4951 Lafayette Rd., Hopkinsville

6. “Hay” Jonah, Look Out!
Southside Church of Christ Youth Group
529 Country Club Lane, Hopkinsville

7. Hay Hoptown!
Visit Hopkinsville
1730 E. 9th Street, Hopkinsville

8. Coach CaliparHAY
Christian County Extension Service
2850 Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville

9. Bill”Hay” Goat
Tentuck Farms
2270 Edwards Mill Road, Hopkinsville

10. Cow “Hay” Bunga
Billy & Lynn Garnett
1595 John Rives Road, Hopkinsville

11. Meow-O-Ween
Carol King & Marsha Parker
1388 Millers Mill Road, Oak Grove

Fall in love with Hopkinsville!

Pick a Pumpkin
Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf – Monday-Saturday in October 10:00 am-DARK

Be scared
Copper Canyon Haunted Hayride – Friday & Saturday nights throughout October – 7:00 pm-11:30 pm
Nightmares End Haunted House – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout October
Haunted Library @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library – October 23rd – 5:00-7:00 pm
Spooky Cemetery Stroll @ Riverside Cemetery – October 30th – 6:00-7:30 pm

Get your game on
1st Annual Trick or Treat Party @ Southern Lanes – October 18th – 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Get crafty
Fall Photography Weekend @ Pennyrile Forest State Park – October 23-25
Fall & Halloween Canvas Painting @ Griffin’s Studio – October 23rd & 24th

Read all about it
Spooky Reads Book Tasting @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library – October 26-30 – 9:30 am-4:00 pm

Score some sugar
Halloween Scare-A-Van @ Trail of Tears Park – October 30th – 3:30-5:30 pm
Spooky Extravaganza @ Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park – October 31st – 12:00-8:00 pm

Be entertained
Tombstone Preservation Workshop @ Pioneer Cemetery – October 10th – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Drive-Up Movie & Treat @ Valor Hall Conference & Event Center – October 17th – 6:30-9:00 pm
Movies at the Museum @ Pennyroyal Area Museum – October 16th – 7:00-9:00 pm
Atohuna Day @ Trail of Tears Park – October 17th – 9:00 am-5:00 pm
– Harvest Praise @ Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf – October 17th – 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Torchlight Tales @ Jeffers Bend Environmental Center – October 24th – 6:00-8:00 pm

Drink it in
History on Tap @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company – October 22nd – 6:30-7:30 pm
Hoptoberfest @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company – October 23rd – 4:00-9:00 pm
Halloween Fest @ Pennyroyal Scuba Center Blue Springs Resort Inc. – October 24th – 1:00 pm
Murder Mystery Dinner Show @ Valor Hall Conference & Event Center – October 24th – 5:00-9:00 pm

WiFi Hotspots

Stay connected in Christian County!

Did you know we have a great covered patio area with picnic tables and Wi-Fi access here at the Hopkinsville Visitors Center?

If you and your family are looking to get some fresh air and also get some schoolwork done, we would love to have you! Our free wifi information is posted on the door…come connect with us! 💻

Be sure to check out these additional WiFi Hotspots around Christian County!

Public/City Owned Properties
DeBow Park
Little River Park
Ruff Park
Tie Breaker Park
Hopkinsville Visitors Center

CCPS Hotspot Locator
1600 Mannington Loop, Crofton, KY 42217
7812 Poole Mill Road, Crofton, KY 42217
104 East Mill Street, Crofton, KY 42217
12145 South Madisonville Road, Crofton, KY 42217 – Crofton Elementary School
11994 Greenville Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
11507 Butler Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
10920 Jefferson Dais Highway, Pembroke, KY 42266
118 Maple Street, Pembroke, KY 42266
1705 Thompsonville Lane, Oak Grove, KY 42262 – Oak Grove Community Center
300 White Street, Lafayette, KY 42254
50 Railroad Street, Gracey, KY 42232
2115 Petsch Lane, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Square Deal
115 Spain Lane, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
214 Waddell Circle, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1201 Honeysuckle Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1111 Younglove Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1600 Durrett Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Joe Mumford Park
102 West 2nd Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – CCPS Day Treatment
705 North Elm Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Gateway Academy
220 Glass Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Christian County High School
9503 Eagle Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Stadium of Champions
415 Millbrooke Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Millbrooke Elementary School
313 Blane Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Indian Hills Elementary School
434 Koffman Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Hopkinsville Middle School
430 Koffman Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Hopkinsville High School
403 Moores Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
831 North Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Freedom Elementary School
5005 Princeton Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Sinking Fork Elementary School
14405 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Martin Luther King Jr Elementary

Bells of Freedom to Chime in Hopkinsville on D-Day to Honor Carentan

Local churches invited to ring bells to celebrate liberation of Hoptown’s Sister City in France

Hopkinsville, KY — On June 6, bells will chime in Carentan, France —Hopkinsville’s Sister City— at 6:44 pm to celebrate the 76th anniversary of liberation from Nazi Germany rule. In Hopkinsville, 4,193 miles away, bells will also chime to honor this historic event, as local churches are encouraged to participate.

“We are so proud of our relationship with our Sister City, Carentan, and look forward to recognizing this extremely significant date and time in history,” said Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch. “We invite all churches and organizations that are able to join us, in ringing their bells.”

With a seven-hour time difference, bells will chime in Hopkinsville at 11:44 am (local time) on Saturday, June 6. The historic clock tower, which sits atop the Woody Winfree Fire Station Museum, will be rung by local clock caretaker Russ Hayes.

“The ongoing pandemic crisis has led to the complete cancellation of all our D-Day anniversary events,” Carentan Les Marais Jean-Pierre Lhonneur said. “But this does not mean that we, in Carentan, Normandy and all over France, will let these days pass unnoticed. Quite the opposite really.”

The city of Carentan has dedicated much of its city website to telling the story of what happened in their town 76 years ago and how the people of Carentan have been honoring and celebrating the liberators ever since. 

On June 6, 1944, the 101st Airborne Division began its amphibious invasion of Normandy — a high-risk maneuver code named Operation Overlord, according to a Fort Campbell Courier article on March 10, 2016. Fighting to consolidate Omaha and Utah beaches, the soldiers made their way through the town of Carentan in the days following D-Day. From June 10 until 14, the 101st suffered heavy casualties in their battle against the German Wehrmacht.

At the end of the battle, German forces withdrew and the small town was liberated from Nazi occupation.

“There was something to do,” said Co-Founder of the Normandy Victory Museum and coordinator of the Bells of Freedom event in Normandy Patrick Fissot. “In recent days, we have lost several of our veterans, such as Bob Noody or Gorges Schenkel, who both returned regularly. We had to show those who stay that we don’t forget them.”

Fissot also serves as an instructor at the high school in Carentan and chaperoned a group of 20 students to Hopkinsville last March for a week-long visit.

For additional information about participating in the Bells of Freedom event, please contact Brooke Jung, Executive Director, Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau at 270-887-2300 or [email protected].

Hopkinsville Jigsaw Puzzles

Enjoy these Hopkinsville and Christian County puzzles of our iconic landmarks and scenic views! Please let us know if there are any other pictures you would like to see added by emailing [email protected]

We hope you have fun!

Photo by: Landmark Aerial Photography
Photo by: Landmark Aerial Photography
Photo by: David White
Photo by: Landmark Aerial Photography
Photo by: Chad Fuller, Fuller Perspective Photography
Photo by: Landmark Aerial Photography
Photo by: Chad Fuller, Fuller Perspective Photography

COVID-19 Updates


FULL LIST OF INFORMATION AND UPDATES

As of October 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., there have been
1,594 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Christian County.
1,336 individuals have recovered; 26 have died.


KY Statewide Mask Mandate Still in Effect:
KY Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order that went into effect on July 10th requiring that Kentuckians in public must wear a mask. This executive order was in effect for 30 days.  On August 6th, this order was extended for another 30 days. On September 4th, this order was extended for another 30 days.

To read the executive order and exemptions, click here.


Healthy at Work – Find phased approach plans to reopen the economy here.    The City of Hopkinsville’s Reopening Plan may be found HERE.

These Hopkinsville facilities have resumed some public operations.

Bruce Convention Center: Operations have been resumed at 33% capacity.  Complete reopening plans, on-site regulations, and details on available offerings may be found at www.the-bruce.com.  For more info or to book an event, call (270) 707-7000 or email [email protected].

Driver’s Licenses:
 Circuit court clerks statewide resumed providing limited driver’s license services June 1. Individuals with a driver’s license, permit or ID card that expired or was lost between March 1-June 30, 2020, who wish to obtain a renewal or reissuance must apply through a remote application process and obtain new credentials issued through an in-person visit to the Justice Center.  Additional details are avilable here.  If you have questions about court cases or jury duty, please email [email protected].  If you have questions about drivers license, please email [email protected].  You may also call (270) 889-6539.

Parks & Recreation Facilities:  If you have any questions, please call 270-887-4290, check out updates on the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page, or visit www.HoptownRec.com.

Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex:  Call (270) 985-1700 for more information.

Thomas Street Recreation Center:  Call (270) 887-4290 for more details.

Public Library: Visit hccpl.org/reopening-policies for the latest info.


In light of the national emergency declaration due to the virus, local officials have taken a number of precautionary measures.

Free COVID-19 Testing

The Christian County Health Department (partnered with the Kentucky Department of Public Health) is now offering FREE COVID-19 testing for ANYONE who wants to be tested. Testing will be offered Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Tie Breaker Park (4400 Lafayette Rd).


Restaurant & Business Support

Don’t forget to support local restaurants and other businesses with pick up orders, by purchasing gift certificates, or leaving positive Yelp reviews.  Here’s a list of downtown restaurant and beverage establishments as well as others around town.  These restaurants are offer takeout options.

Click HERE or on a link below for information on Small Business Administration loans, Unemployment Insurance, and other benefit program resources.

Christian County Chamber Resources

Kentucky Chamber Resources

United States Chamber Resources