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Senior Bingo

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park welcomes all senior citizens (50 years of age and older) to the Bingo Lunch Program. Those attending can enjoy good food, good friends and great bingo, with prizes from the gift shop and free lunch certificates.

11 a.m. Aug. 14, 21, 28; Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs, Free, except for lunch.

Western Kentucky Teen Challenge Charity Golf Tournament

The shotgun start will be at 7:30 a.m. Lunch from Brother's Bar-B-Que will be available from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Teen Challenge.Madisonville Community Golf Course

Aug. 16

$75 per player or $300 per team

(270) 639-7366, (270) 821-4100

Raise the Roof with Habitat

Hopkins County native Darryl Van Leer will perform his popular Road House Review featuring artists Ray Charles, Little Richard and Elton John. Silent and live auction items will be up for bids. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided, thus an RSVP is requested.

7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 16

Ballard Convention Center, 605 E. Arch St.,  Madisonville

Pam's Dance Barn

Dance the night away and enjoy the live music at Pam's Dance Barn. The Hosscats will play on the first and third Fridays of each month.

7 p.m. Aug. 17, 24, 31

35 Cedar Lane, Madisonville

Admission: $6 per person

(270) 836-4649

Back 2 School Bash

Headlined at 4 and 9 p.m. by Boscoe France, winner of Guitar Center's 2012 Battle of the Blues, this annual event celebrates heading back to school. Also performing will be Alonzo Pennington at 5 p.m., Eddy Grove Trio at 6 p.m., Ray Ligon at 7 p.m. and Patson at 8 p.m. Sponsored by Miner Family Arts Endowment

4-10 p.m. Aug. 17

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Drive

Free (bring lawn chairs)

(270) 821-2787

Glema Center Juried Art Exhibit and Glema Center Juried Photography Exhibit

Anne P. Baker Gallery at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville.

Permanent support by the Robbie P. Ruby Memorial Endowment

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and the day of any show Aug. 17-Oct. 4

Reception and awards, 2 p.m. Aug. 17


(270) 821-2787

Tradewater River Fitness Challenge

The challenge includes a 4K run, two-mile canoeing/kayaking and 16.5 mile bike ride. Registration will take place between 6:30 and 8 a.m., with a mandatory pre-race safety meeting at 8:45 a.m. The men's event will begin at 9 a.m. and the women's at 9:10. Proceeds benefit Knights of Columbus.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24

Tradewater Station, 1314 Hospital Road, Dawson Springs

(270) 871-9475, or Facebook @ Tradewater River Fitness Challenge

Gospel Music Extravaganza

An evening of great gospel music will feature The Conqueros, Tim Lovelace and Southern Sound on Friday and The Perrys and The Childress Family on Saturday.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 6; 2 p.m. Sept. 7.  Doors open one hour before concert.

Victory Church, just off Pennyrile Parkway, Exit 42 in Madisonville.   

(270) 825-1459

8th Annual PAC Challenge

Novice and intermediate riders will enjoy the 10- or 22-mile rides. Those who dare to accept the challenge have 41- and 62-mile routes through the beautiful hills of Hopkins and Webster counties to choose from. Riders will enjoy fully-stocked rest stops and free route support along clearly marked routes. All proceeds go to the Pennyrile Area Cyclist "Christmas Bikes" program. Registration opens at 7 a.m.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7

Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Dr, Madisonville

Day of event registration is $25

9/11 Heroes Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run

The 9/11 Heroes Run is a national race series that takes place on or near September 11 of each year. The events, organized by the Travis Manion Foundation, enable families, friends and others to honor fallen heroes and support local organizations working to empower veterans. As part of the events, each year TMF gives up to 50% of the proceeds back to local groups working with veterans and first responders.

8 p.m. Sept. 10 

Downtown Madisonville

(270) 821-9622 and like on Facebook at

The Time Jumpers (Vince Gill, Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug)

Sponsored by Old National Bank

7:30 p.m. Sept. 13

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Drive


Scrapbooking Weekend

Whether you are an old pro at scrapbooking or just starting out, this weekend is for you.  Enjoy a spacious table to work all weekend, plus a chance to win scrapbook-related prizes.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 13 

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Registration fee is $35, with a $5 discount for payment one week prior to the event. 

(270) 797-3421

Show and Go Car  Club Cruise-In

Lovingly restored vintage cars will be on display. Bring your lawn chairs. There will be a 50/50 pot and door prize drawings.

6-9 p.m. Sept. 14

Sonic Drive-In, 960 N. Main Street, Madisonville


(270) 825-3509 or

Hanson BBQ Blast-Off

A live band will be playing on Friday for your enjoyment during the lighting of the grill for the start of the BBQ Blast-Off. Then on Saturday sweet, smoky or spicy barbecue cooked to perfection will be judged and there will be lots of great food, kids' activities, live music and more.

6-10 p.m. Sept. 20; 11a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 21 

Downtown Historic Hanson

(270) 399-1692

Run Through the Forest 5K Race

This paved road race is the second leg of the Kentucky State Parks Western Region Race Series. A 5K fun walk will also be available.

7:30 a.m. Sept. 21

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road, Dawson Springs

(270) 797-3421 or (800) 325-1711

Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash

This presentation, the story of Cash's life and music, is considered to be one of the best "jukebox musicals" available. Sponsored by Hudson Automotive

7:30 p.m. Sept. 27

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Drive



In Loving Memory

Staff will gather to remember customs of the past. In the parlor, a 1850s wake will take place and there will be a discussion of common mid-19th century customs dealing with grief, death and burial. 

1-3 p.m. Aug. 17      

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes

Free with HP admission

(270) 924-2020

Nature's Top Model

Find out why the elk's headgear, monarch butterfly's bright colors, the great horned owl's powerful footwear are for more than just beauty. Then cast your vote for Nature's Top Model. 

2:15 p.m. Aug. 17

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes

Free with NS admission.

(270) 924-2020   

Evening Planetarium Show

8 p.m. Aug. 17     

Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory at Land Between the Lakes

$3 children / $5 teens and adults

Star Party

Planetarium staff and West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers members will help visitors identify a variety of night sky features.

9 p.m. Aug. 17     

Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory at Land Between the Lakes


Our Native Venomous Snakes

Copperheads, cottonmouths and timber rattlesnakes all make their home in LBL. Staff members will teach visitors how to recognize these native venomous snakes and how to share the outdoors safely with them. 

11:30 a.m. Aug. 17      

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes

Free with NS admission.

(270) 924-2020   

Rag Dolls

There will be a demonstration on how to assemble, stuff and clothe an 1850s rag doll.

2-4 p.m. Aug. 18      

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes

Free with HP admission

(270) 924-2020

Roaming the Nights in Shining Armor: Armadillos

In recent decades, armadillos have made their way into the LBL area. This program will present some fun facts about these unique creatures during a PowerPoint presentation.

2:15 p.m. Aug. 18      

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes

Free with NS admission.

(270) 924-2020

Second Saturdays Street Fair

Second Saturday Street Fairs are held around Fountain Square Park. There are inflatables and games for kids, horse and carriage rides, both for a modest fee, as well as live music, face painting, balloon twisting, food vendors, product vendor booths and more.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14

Fountain Square Park, E. Main Avenue, Bowling Green

Downtown Owensboro Cruise-In

Classic cars will be on display.

5-9 p.m. Sept. 7

2nd Street, Owensboro


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