Department of Parks
Hot August Blues Named “Top Ten” Summer Event By Kentucky Tourism Council

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson
(502) 564-8110 Ext. 307

HARDIN, Ky.Kenlake State Resort Park’s “Hot August Blues” has been named as one of the state’s “Top Ten” summer events by the Kentucky Tourism Council.


The 18th annual Hot August Blues will be August 24-25.  This two-day festival will be held at Kenlake’s amphitheatre, where audiences will be mellowed by some of the best blues bands around.  Headliners such as Lew Jetton and Sixty-one South, Chris Cain and a crowd favorite, Unknown Blues Band, which has played every year since the festival first started, will create an unforgettable weekend. 


A panel of impartial judges selects the “Top Ten” events each season. The criteria for selection include the popularity of the event, its impact on the local tourism economy as well as cultural and historical significance.


The festival will be held rain or shine and audience members can watch from land or from the beautiful shores of Kentucky Lake. Blues artwork created by artists from around the world will be posted throughout the festival area.


Ticket prices are as follows:  Friday advance tickets: $8; at the gate: $10. Saturday advance tickets: $13; at the gate $15.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-325-0143. 


Kenlake State Resort Park is located minutes away from the Land between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre nature lover's paradise and environmental education area. Kenlake offers lodging, cottages, campground and restaurant.   


For more information about the Kentucky Tourism Council, visit





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at