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The Big Read – Hopkinsville Events

There, There, by Tommy Orange is the fall 2022 reading hosted by the Pennyroyal Arts Council.

September

Sept 9th @ 7:00 pm – Big Read Kickoff Concert Featuring Bone Hill by Martha Redbone @ Alhambra Theatre

Sept 10th – Sept 11th – Trail of Tears Intertribal Pow Wow @ Trail of Tears Park and Heritage Center

Sept 10th @ 1:00 pm – Native American History @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Sept 11th @ 2:00 pm – Movie Showing: The DreamKeeper @ Alhambra Theatre

Sept 14th @ 6:00 pm – Poetry & Pints @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company

Sept 15th @ 5:30 pm – Family Cooking Event @ Christian County Cooperate Extension Office

Sept 20th @ 7:00 pm – An Evening with author Tommy Orange @ Alhambra Theatre

Sept 22nd @ 5:00 pm – Genealogy: An Evening of Native American Exploration @ Trail of Tears Park and Heritage Center

Sept 22nd @ 5:30 pm – Book Discussion @ The Corner Coffeehouse

Sept 22nd @ 6:00 pm – What They Left Behind: Archeological Evidence of our Indigenous Peoples @ Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County

Sept 26th @ 5:00 pm – There There & Their History: Book Discussion @ Hopkinsville Community College

Sept 29th @ 6:30 pm – History on Tap @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company

October

Oct 3rd @ 5:00 pm – There There & Their Hopkinsville: Book Discussion @Milkweed Health & Harmony Emporium

Oct 4th @ 5:00 pm – Epic Hour @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Oct 5th @ 7:00 pm – The Invasion of North American with Nelson Barlow @ Alhambra Theatre

Oct 6th @ 5:30 pm – Book Discussion @ The Corner Coffeehouse

Oct 8th @ 10:00 am – Native American Crafts @ Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County

Oct 10th @ 6:00 pm – Traditional Stories of the Cherokee @ Trail of Tears Park and Heritage Center

Oct 11th @ 5:00 pm – Epic Hour @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Oct 12th @ 5:00 pm – Art Project: Dream Catchers @ Alhambra Theatre

Oct 12th @ 5:00 pm – There There & Their Story: Book Discussion @ Hopkinsville Community College Emerging Technology Building

Oct 14th @ 5:30 pm – Museum After Hours @ Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County

Oct 17th – Oct 22nd – Hopkinsville Big Read Restaurant Week

Oct 18th @ 5:00 pm – Epic Hour @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Oct 20th @ 5:30 pm – Book Discussion @ The Corner Coffeehouse

Oct 22nd @ 11:00 am – Barrida Limpia Healing Session @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Oct 29th @ 9:00 am – Atahouna Day @ Trail of Tears Park and Heritage Center

Oct 29th @ 10:00 am – Water Color Workshop @ Alhambra Theatre

November

Nov 1st @ 6:00 pm – The Native Runway @ Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County

Nov 2nd @ 10:00 am – Storytime @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Nov 4th @ 5:30 pm – Book Reading and Coloring Contest @ The Corner Coffeehouse

2021 Tourism Spending Up $20 Million in Christian County

Tourism impact continues to grow with record breaking visitor spending

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

Economic impact figures show that visitors to the area spent $212.9 million in 2021, which is over $20 million more than the $192.89 million record previously set in 2018.

“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 record-breaking numbers, and are constantly hearing from visitors what wonderful experiences they have while exploring all facets of our community. These numbers show what a huge impact tourism has on Hopkinsville & Christian County”

In August 2021, Hopkinsville was declared the Batter Capital of the World, Jung attributes some of the success to this new branding initiative and the excitement surrounding this unique designation.

“We are thrilled to see such a large increase in tourism spending,” said Oak Grove Tourism Commission Executive Director, Traci Cunningham. “The events we are hosting in Oak Grove are seeing record attendance and we could not be more excited to see those numbers translate to visitor spending. I can’t think of anything that excites us more than the tourism industry and the economic impact in Christian County. Together Brooke and I strive to make Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and Christian County a destination to be proud of. There is no doubt these numbers prove tourism is a huge business and we can’t be prouder.”

After opening its doors in Fall of 2020, Oak Grove Racing and Gaming has also contributed to the increase of visitor spending in the community. Coupled with the increase of events held throughout Christian County, and the increase in development, visitation has continued to grow.

Not only did Christian County see an increase in tourism spending, but also in employment. A total of 1,649 tourism-related jobs were reported county-wide in the hospitality sector generating $40.4 million in labor income. In addition, tourism in Christian County contributed $14.4 million in state and local taxes.

Using the Tourism Economics model, the economic impact of the tourism industry in Kentucky generated $11.2 billion in visitor spending in 2021, supporting more than 83,081 jobs and $807.9 million in state and local taxes.
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For additional information regarding tourism please contact Brooke Jung, Executive Director,
Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 270-887-2300 or [email protected] or
Traci Cunningham, Executive Director Oak Grove Tourism Commission
at 270-439-5675 or [email protected]

6th Annual Hoptown Summer Salute

Friday, August 27th Schedule:

11:00 AM – Vendors Open

11:30 AM-5:30 PM – Bluegrass Beverage Stage Entertainment

11:00 AM-8:00 PM – Kids Zone In Little River Park

10:00 AM-10:00 PM – Fun Zone Kids & Youth Amusement Rides

6:00-10:00 PM – Friday Night Headliner: The Jimmy Church band on Bluegrass Beverage Stage, Founders Square

10:00 PM – Festival Closes

Saturday, August 28th Schedule:

11:00 AM – Vendors Open

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM – Fun Zone Kids & Youth Amusement Rides

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Kids Zone in Little River Park

11:30 AM – 6:00 PM– Bluegrass Beverage Stage Entertainment

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – The Jason Montgomery Band

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Saturday Night Headliner: KC and the Sunshine Band- FREE concert at Justice Center Main Stage (Opening Act: Cassandra)

10:00 PM – Festival Closes

*Schedules subject to change

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Western Kentucky State Fair Schedule 2022

JUNE 24 – JULY 2, 2022

GATE ADMISSION: $3.00 (Excludes Pit Gate & Gate 6)

Military with ID: $1.00 (Unless otherwise noted)

Children 2 and Under: Free

Call 270-886-4045 with any question you may have. https://westernkentuckystatefair.org

Friday, June 24th

5:00 PM – Gates Open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for public @Front Gate

6:00 PM – Rides Open – $20 armbands for unlimited rides @Fairgrounds

6:00 PM – Pedal Pull Competitions – In front of the Convention Center @Convention Center

6:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

Saturday, June 25th

9:00 AM – 4-H/FFA Swine Show

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – WKSF Infant Pageant – $5 Parking, $1 per person admission This pageant is open for children ages 0 – 11 months. Registration forms and more information available here. @Convention Center

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – WKSF Baby Pageant – $5 Parking, $1 per person admission This pageant is open for children ages 12 – 24 months. Registration forms and more information available here. @Convention Center

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – WKSF Tiny Tot Pageant $5 Parking, $1 per person admission This pageant is open for children ages 25 – 35 months. (2-3 years). Registration form and more information available here. @Convention Center

4:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Mrs WKSF Pageant – $5 Parking, $1 per person Admission Registration form and more information available here. @Convention Center

6:00 PM – Pedal Pull Competitions – In front of the Convention Center @Convention Center

6:00 PM – 4-H/FFA Cattle Show

7:00 PM – Demolition Derby – Grandstand $10, Combo $12 Admission. Gate 6 & Pit Gate $15 Adult, $10 Ages 12 & Under. Parking $5 Demolition Derby & Compact Demolition Derby – Each derby will be composed of three individual heats, one consolation heat (no money for consolation), and one feature. Find more information here. @Grandstand

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Miss WKSF Pageant – $5 Parking, $1 per person Admission. Join us as lovely and talented Kentucky ladies compete for the title of 2022’s Miss Western Kentucky State Fair! More information and registration available here.

Sunday, June 26th – Faith & Family Day

Free admission from 2:00 – 5:00 PM with church bulletin (1 per person)

Free rides from 3:00 – 5:00 PM with church bulletin (1 per person)

$20 armbands sold from 5:00 PM to close

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Youth Pageants – $5 Parking, $1 per person Admission. This includes pageants for children ages 3 – 5 years, 6 – 8 years, 9-12 years, and 13 – 15 years old. Registration forms and more information available on the Pageants page. @Convention Center

2:00 PM – Gates open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for the public.  Free admission from 2 – 5 PM with church bulletin (1 per person). 

3:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

3:00 PM – Antique Tractor Pulls – Grandstand $5, Combo $7 admission. Gate 6 & Pit Gate $10 adult, $5 admission age 12 & Under @Grandstand

3:00 PM – Rides Open – Free rides from 3 – 5 PM with church bulletin (1 per person). $20 Armbands for unlimited rides starting at 5 PM. @Fairgrounds

6:30 PM – Faith & Family Night @Convention Center

Monday, June 27th

4:30 PM – Gates open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for the public. @Front Gate

5:00 PM – Rides open – $20 Armbands for unlimited rides. @Fairgrounds

5:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Monster Trucks Pre-Show – Grandstand $15, Combo $17 Admission. Gate 6 & Pit Gate $20 Adult, $10 Child Admission, Parking $5. Tickets available for purchase at the gate. Main event at 7 PM.

7:00 PM – Ms. Plus WKSF Pageant – $5 Parking, $1 per person Admission. Two age groups: 16 – 29 Years Old or 30 & Over. More information available here.  @ Convention Center

7:30 PM – Monster Trucks Main Event – Grandstand $15, Combo $17 Admission. Gate 6 & Pit Gate $20 Adult, $10 Child Admission, Parking $5. Tickets available for purchase at the gate.

Tuesday, June 28th – Pennyrile Electric Day

Free Admission for Pennyrile Electric members with coupon until 6:00pm

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – 4-H/FFA/Homemakers Exhibit Check-In – All items will have to be pre-registered.

4:00 PM – Gates Open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for the public. Free admission for Pennyrile Electric members with coupon until 6:00 PM. @Front Gate

5:00 PM – Rides Open – $20 Armbands for unlimited rides. @Front Gate

5:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

6:00 PM – Jason Crabb Concert – Sponsored by Pennyrile Electric

6:00 PM – 4-H/FFA Rabbit & Poultry Show

7:00 PM – Go-Kart Races – Grandstand $5, Combo $7 Admission. Gate 6 & Pit Gate $10 Adult, $5 Admission Ages 12 & Under. @Grandstand

Wednesday, June 29th – Military & First Responders Day

Military & First Responders $10 Unlimited Armbands ’til close

4:00 PM – Gates Open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for the public. @Front Gate

5:00 PM – Rides Open – $20 Armbands for unlimited rides available till close.  Military & First Responders $10 Unlimited Armbands ’til close. @Fairgrounds

5:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

6:00 PM – Pedal Pull Competition – In front of the Convention Center. @Convention Center

7:00 PM – Trivia Night – Presented by Main Street Tavern. @Convention Center

7:00 PM – Lawn Tractor Pulls – Grandstand $5, Combo $7 Admission. Gate 6 & Pit Gate $10 Adult, $5 Admission. Age 12 & Under @Grandstand

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Trivia – $5 Per Person to Play @Convention Center

Thursday, June 30th – Christian County Farm Bureau Day

Free Admission for Farm Bureau members with coupon until 6pm

4:30 PM – Gates Open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for the public. Free admission for Farm Bureau members with coupon until 6 PM. @Front Gate

5:00 PM – 4-H/FFA Sheep Show & Market Goat Show – Sheep Show will be followed immediately by Market Goat Show @Fairgrounds

5:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

5:00 PM – Rides Open – $20 Armbands for unlimited rides available till close. @Fairgrounds

6:00 PM – Christian County Farm Bureau Meeting – Talent & Outstanding Youth Speeches during meeting. Entertainment by Todd County Boys Bluegrass & Gospel Band. @Convention Center

7:00 PM – Farm Stock Tractor & Diesel Truck Pulls – Grandstand $5, Combo $7 Admission. Gate 6 & Pit Gate $10 Adult, $5  Admission. Ages 12 & Under, Parking $5. Rules & Registration Info Here @Grandstand

Friday, July 1st

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 4-H/FFA/Homemakers Check Out @Front Gate

4:30 PM – Gates Open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for the public. @Front Gate

5:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

5:00 PM – Rides Open – $20 Armbands for unlimited rides available till close. @Fairgrounds

6:00 PM – Pedal Pull Competition – In front of Convention Center. @ Convention Center

7:00 PM – Corn Hole @Convention Center

7:00 PM – Mid-South Truck & Tractor Pulls – Grandstand $15 adult, $5 Admission ages 6-12. Age 5 & under are free. Parking $20 @Grandstand

Saturday, July 2nd

3:00 PM – Gates Open – Gates to the fairgrounds open for the public. @Front Gate

4:00 PM – Rides Open – FREE RIDES FROM 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. $25 Armbands for unlimited rides available till close. @Fairgrounds

5:00 PM – Petting Zoo @Livestock Pavilion

6:00 PM – Pedal Pull Competition – In front of Convention Center. @ Convention Center

7:00 PM – Wrestling – Ultimate Championship Wrestling. Just $2 per person to enter the air-conditioned Convention Center on the Fairgrounds after paying your $3 Gate Admission – top see all the wild in-ring action! @Convention Center

7:00 PM – Mid-South Truck & Tractor Pulls – Grandstand $15 adult, $5 Admission ages 6-12. Age 5 & under are free. Parking $20 @Grandstand

Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville 2022 Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

September 26th – 28th – Annual Pennyrile Senior Games

September 30th – Relay for Life

October 7th – Movies at the Plex – Sing 2

October 21st – Hoptown Half Marathon Expo

October 28th – 29th – Holiday Hooplah Craft & Vendor Fair

November 5th – Junior Pro Basketball starts (Registration open)

December 17th – December 19th – Turf Series Soccer Tournament

Hoptown Hoppers 2022 OVL Schedule

$ 5.00 Admission Fee for Home Games @ Hopkinsville High School Tiger Field

Kids under 12 who wear a Little League Jersey to the home game qualify for free admission.

June 2 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Dubois County Bombers @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 3 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Fulton Railroaders @ 7:00 PM @ Lohaus Field

June 4 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Paducah Chiefs @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 5 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Paducah Chiefs @ 6:00 PM @ Brooks Stadium

June 7 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Madisonville Miners @ 6:30 PM @ Elmer Kelly Stadium

June 8 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Louisville Jockeys @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 9 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Muhlenberg County Stallions @ 7:00 PM @ Stallions Stadium

June 10 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Full Count Rhythm @ 7:00 PM @ Drakes Creek Park

June 11 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Franklin Duelers @ 6:30 PM @ South Warren High School Field

June 12 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Fulton Railroaders @ 6:00 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 13 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Owensboro River Dawgs @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 16 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Paducah Chiefs @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 17 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Fulton Railroaders @ 7:00 PM @ Lohaus Field

June 19 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Franklin Duelers @ 6:00 PM @ South Warren High School Field

June 20 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Henderson Flash @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 21 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Muhlenberg County Stallions @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 22 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Owensboro River Dawgs @ 6:30 PM @ Chautauqua Park

June 23 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Fulton Railroaders @ 7:00 PM @ Lohaus Field

June 24 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Franklin Duelers @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 25 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Full Count Rhythm @ 7:00 PM @ Bowling Green Ballpark

June 26 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Fulton Railroaders @ 6:00 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 27 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Louisville Jockeys @ 5:30 PM @ Derby City Field

June 28 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Madisonville Miners @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

June 30 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Full Count Rhythm @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 2 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Franklin Duelers @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 3 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Fulton Railroaders @ 6:00 PM @ Lohaus Field

July 4 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Henderson Flash @ 6:30 PM @ Park Field

July 5 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Full Count Rhythm @ 7:00 PM @ Drakes Creek Park

July 7 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Paducah Chiefs @ 6:30 PM @ Brooks Stadium

July 8 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Franklin Duelers @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 9 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Franklin Duelers @ 6:30 PM @ South Warren High School Field

July 10 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Full Count Rhythm @ 6:00 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 11 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Paducah Chiefs @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 12 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Full Count Rhythm @ 7:00 PM @ Drakes Creek Park

July 14 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Dubois County Bombers @ 5:30 PM @ League Stadium

July 15 – Hopkinsville Hoppers vs. Fulton Railroaders @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 16 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Full Count Rhythm @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 17 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Paducah Chiefs @ 6:00 PM @ Brooks Stadium

July 18 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Franklin Duelers @ 6:30 PM @ South Warren High School Field

July 19 – Hoptown Hoppers vs. Paducah Chiefs @ 6:30 PM @ Hopkinsville High School Field

July 21 – Playoffs: Play In @ 6:00 PM @ TBD

July 22 – Playoffs: Round 1 @ 6:00 PM @ TBD

July 25 – Playoffs: Round 2 @ 6:00 PM @ TBD

July 29 – Championship @ 6:00 PM @ TBD

For more information check out the Hoptown Hoppers Website!

West KY Brewery Hop

Western Kentucky Cities Launching Craft Beer Trail 

Join us in raising a glass to the newest craft beer trail in the Commonwealth! The West Kentucky Brew Hop launches today and is your guide to the best brews in WKY.

Nine convention and visitor bureaus in cities in the western part of the commonwealth are partnering with their craft breweries to launch a craft beer trail called the West KY Brewery Hop.  The hop has 13 craft breweries between the cities of Paducah, Murray, Benton, Bowling Green, Glasgow, Hopkinsville, Henderson, Beaver Dam and Owensboro.     

“Our convention and visitor bureaus across Kentucky do a wonderful job working together to promote tourism, and the new craft beer trail in western Kentucky is a prime example of that.  We’re excited about the new trail and what it means for the local economies as well as the commonwealth. Our tourism industry has been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and its innovative efforts such as this that will help us move forward toward recovery,” said Mike Mangeot, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism. 

“We are thrilled for the launch and to be a part of this exciting initiative,” said Brooke Jung, Executive Director of Visit Hopkinsville. “The West KY Brewery Hop collaboration offers the perfect way to travel our beautiful region and enjoy a cold pint along the way. We are particularly proud of Hopkinsville Brewing Company’s success and look forward to discovering the authenticity of all the other craft breweries in western Kentucky.”

Anyone who is 21 or older can participate in The West KY Brewery Hop by first obtaining a passport from their local CVB or local craft brewery.  Once you have your passport, you are encouraged to try a beer at each of the breweries on the trail.  After purchasing a local beer, the brewery will stamp your passport.  

After you’ve completed the trail OR received a stamp from at least seven breweries, you can mail your passport to the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau to claim your prize.  Once the Henderson CVB verifies your passport, you’ll be mailed back your passport and a West Kentucky Brewery Hop pint glass for your job well done! 

“We are excited about this new opportunity to highlight all of the amazing beers being brewed in Western Kentucky.  Craft beer has exploded throughout the Commonwealth over the past decade and this is another chance to sip and sample some of the best they have to offer,” said Derek Selznick, Executive Director, Kentucky Guild of Brewers. 

The western Kentucky breweries on the Brewery Hop include Mile Wide Beer Company, The Brew Bridge and Goodwood Brewing & Spirits in Owensboro, Henderson Brewing Company, Uncrafted Territory Brewing Company in Beaver Dam, Paducah Beer Works, Dry Ground Brewing Company in Paducah, Hop Hound Brew Pub in Murray, The Dam Brewhaus in Benton, Hopkinsville Brewing Company, Yancey’s Gastropub & Brewery in Glasgow, Blue Holler Brew Supplies and Gasper Brewing Company in Bowling Green. 

There is no timeline for when you have to complete your passport.  You are encouraged to not only try each brewery but check out the other entertainment options each city has selected to highlight in the passport.  For more information visit westkybreweryhop.com  

Hopkinsville Declared Batter Capital of the World®

Hopkinsville, KY — It is a sweet day in Hopkinsville, KY, now officially known as the Batter Capital of the World®.

Known for the production of globally recognizable products such as Krusteaz products (including pancake, waffle, muffin mix and more), Ghirardelli brownie mix, Cracker Barrel biscuit mix, Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuit mix, SunFlour corn meal, flour, and a variety of others, it is easy to see why Hopkinsville, KY is the Batter Capital of the World®

“We are thrilled to officially be the Batter Capital of the World,” said Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch. “We are so grateful to the farmers, industries, and thousands of employees across several sectors that work every day to make this proclamation a reality.”

With successful partners in the community for over 173 years, Hopkinsville continues to be a beacon of food mix manufacturing. Anchor industries, such as Hopkinsville Milling Company which produces SunFlour products and is Hopkinsville’s oldest industry, made way for additional industries in the same market. The addition of Siemer Milling in 1995 and The Krusteaz Company, (previously known as Continental Mills) in 1998 continue to grow the daily production of food grade products and brands.

“The Krusteaz Company is proud to be a part of this great initiative and declaration as the Batter Capital of the World,” said Kevin Maynard, Plant Manager of The Krusteaz Company’s Hopkinsville facility. “Our team works tirelessly to put beloved products on shelves across the country, and it is great to recognize that these household favorites are being produced right here in Hopkinsville.”

As the leading wheat producing county in the state of Kentucky, over 3.5 million bushels are harvested annually from 46,200 acres.

“Christian County has long been the leading wheat producer for the state and we are so proud of this initiative to bring even more awareness to the profound impact local farmers have on the global stage,” said Mary Beth Shackelford, President of the Christian County Agri-Business Association.

Local restaurants will have the opportunity to list their Batter Capital offering to be added to the official food tour, which will provide a great way to taste the home-grown offerings of the region.

“Christian County has always been known as an incredible agriculture rich community,” said Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble. “This declaration tells the world just how proud we are of our roots and the farmers and industries that make Christian County the amazing place it is.”

Visitors and residents can purchase specially marked packages of these locally produced items at the Hopkinsville Visitors Center, located at 1730 E. 9th Street. In addition, Batter Capital merch and Kentucky Proud syrup harvested by Maple D Farms and aged in a Casey Jones Distillery Bourbon Barrel will also be for sale on site.

“We are so lucky to have such a vibrant agriculture community here in Hopkinsville and Christian County,” Executive Director of Visit Hopkinsville Brooke Jung said. “We want visitors and residents to realize what a huge impact these vibrant farms and industries have on not only our community, but in producing iconic products for consumers across the globe. We hope that visitors and residents will take the opportunity to tour, taste, travel and toast in the Batter Capital of the World.”

For additional information about the Batter Capital of the World®, please contact Brooke Jung, Executive Director, Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau at 270-887-2300 or [email protected].

Calling All Kentucky Bourbon Lovers

Kentucky bourbon lovers, you’ve found your next great bourbon experience. Experience two of Kentucky’s craft distilleries located in Hopkinsville, Casey Jones Distillery and MB Roland Distillery. Both members of the Stateline Whiskey Tour that straddles the Kentucky & Tennessee state line and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, Casey Jones Distillery and MB Roland offer more than just moonshine and bourbon.

Veteran owned & operated, MB Roland Distillery is a completely “grain to glass” craft distillery located in Pembroke, Kentucky. Located in the countryside of Christian County, MB Roland uses local white corn to hand make each of their products ranging from the very unique “distillation & barrel proof” Kentucky Bourbon to MB Roland naturally-flavored Kentucky Pink Lemonade. MB Roland offers tours and tastings 7 days a week.

MB Roland offers a special “Distiller’s Tour” on the last Saturday of the month at 1:15 PM CST to adults aged 21 and up only. This tour consists of a more in-depth explanation of the distilling process by one of MB Roland’s full-time distillers, including a special “behind the scenes” sampling from select aging barrels in their rickhouse. Visit mbroland.com to learn more about your visit or reserve a spot on their special tour.

During Prohibition, Al Capone got moonshine from many different places. But the shine he liked the most came from Golden Pond, Kentucky. What made Golden Pond shine so special? Casey Jones. Casey was Golden Pond’s master stillmaker. The stills he designed were unique and meticulously crafted. Revenuers could tell a still was Casey’s just by looking at it. Fellow moonshiners and Chicago’s most famous gangster knew Casey’s stills by the superior product they produced. Casey’s legendary ingenuity and passion inspired his grandson Arlon Casey Jones to follow in his footsteps. Casey built his last still in 1967. AJ used that still, which is on display in the Casey Jones Distillery Lounge, as a guide to build the still used today. As our Master Distiller, AJ handcrafts every batch of Casey Jones Moonshine using a recipe that has been handed down through generations of the Jones family. A family recipe cooked in a family still – it doesn’t get more authentic than that. In 2019, Casey Jones Distillery began producing Kentucky small batch bourbon. Visit for a tour & tasting 7 days a week. Stay awhile and enjoy the 73 acres of Kentucky countryside Casey Jones Distillery sits upon. Visit caseyjonesdistillery.com to learn more.

The Stateline Whiskey Tour is a self-guided tour that takes you from scenic Hopkinsville, Kentucky to historic Clarksville, Tennessee. Each distillery has its own special story and its own delicious spirits. From Kentucky Bourbon to Tennessee Whiskey, and many other spirit creations in between, you’ll be certain to enjoy a variation from each distillery. You’ll be able to sample the spirits and purchase bottles at each gift shop (hours vary by distillery); even enjoy a delicious cocktail on most days. Take the tour with each distillery and get your passport stamped at each stop to receive a completion gift (ages 21+) at the final completed distillery tour. Visit statelinewhiskeytour.com to learn more.

For those that are interested in all things craft beverages, make sure to stop at Hopkinsville Brewing Company while you’re in town. Head to historic downtown Hopkinsville’s first and only craft brewing company, open Mondays through Saturdays. This veteran owned and operated, locally sourced, and community oriented craft beer nano-brewery is a must-visit location when in Hopkinsville. Try a flight to find your favorite brew, sit outside on the newly expanded patio space, or enjoy live music and food trucks on any given evening. Make sure to stop and chat with owners Kate Russell and Joey Medeiros – Kate was just named the winner of Samuel Adams’ Brewing the American Dream brewer experienceship program. Visit hopkinsvillebrewingcompany.com to plan your visit.

More of a wine fan? Be sure to visit Naimoli Estate Vineyard & Winery. Open for tastings Monday through Saturday, there is a reason the picturesque estate is home to weddings and events. Select a flight of wines whether sweet or dry, or enjoy by-reservation private wine tastings. Visit naimoliestate.com to learn more.