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!

Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K

The Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K is BACK! Once again sponsored, respectively, by Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health, the 2nd Annual Hoptown Half & 5K is a joint road race through Hopkinsville, Kentucky, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

The course starts in downtown Hoptown, shows off beautiful residential areas, winds through beautiful Christian County countryside and returns to finish downtown, via our popular Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail.

Half marathon and 5K runner packages include a beautiful medal and comfortable long sleeve moisture-wicking performance shirt. Come experience the beauty and charm of west Kentucky scenery and hospitality in Hopkinsville — or “Hoptown,” as we call it — this fall. Last year’s inaugural race drew 632 participants from 16 different states.

A portion of the race proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Challenge House, while honoring the memory of late Hopkinsville Mayor Wally Bryan. A one-mile “Wally’s Walkers” division will also be available for $25 per participant. View all registration options at HoptownHalf.com.

Race starting line is at 1001 S. Main Street in downtown Hopkinsville. A pre-race expo (including advance packet pick-up) will be held Friday, Sept. 18 at Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville.

For more information, visit HoptownHalf.com or call 270-887-4290.

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.”

Scheduled for Sept. 14-19, 2020 at the War Memorial Building (1202 S. Virginia Street) in downtown Hopkinsville, this year’s Rotary Auction will be ONLY offer bids by phone. There will be no in-person options at the facility, including the cancellation of the diner and sweet shop. Supporters can listen on WHOP or watch the live stream on www.HopkinsvilleRotary.com.

The Auction also helps support the Rotary loan program and other youth and education-based efforts in the community. The financial support of our 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.

Beach Blast – at Pennyrile Forest

Come on out to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park for their annual Beach Blast!
There’ll be lots of fun and family friendly activities held at the beach all day long! Tie-dye t-shirts, enjoy great music, and play in a beach volleyball tournament! The concession stand will be selling family friendly foods. See you there!

Beach Blast – at Pennyrile Forest

Come on out to Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park for their annual Beach Blast!
There’ll be lots of fun and family friendly activities held at the beach all day long! Tie-dye t-shirts, enjoy great music, and play in a beach volleyball tournament! The concession stand will be selling family friendly foods. See you there!