Department of Parks
State Parks Hosting Memorial Day Weekend Events
FRANKFORT, Ky. – State parks across Kentucky are hosting a variety of events during the Memorial Day weekend. Here’s a listing of some of the activities. Call the park in your area or 1-800-255-PARK. You can also visit: www.parks.ky.gov for more information.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park (Mount Olivet)
May 26-29: Several events planned during the weekend, including a blood drive, canoe trips, Hatfield-McCoy Feud presentation, hikes, Saturday cookout, crafts, and music. The Central Kentucky Blood Center will hold a blood drive on Saturday from to at the park museum parking lot. Prizes for those who donate blood. For more information, call the park at 1-800-443-7008.
Carter Caves State Resort Park (Olive Hill)
Saturday, May 27, and : Movie night in Cascade Cave. Movie goers will be mesmerized by the natural theatre setting and being encased in total darkness. Guests are encouraged to bring a camp chair or a blanket. Two showings of “The Cave,” a PG-13 sci-fi thriller. Cost is $5 for adults (age 13 and older) and $3 for children. For more details, call the park at 1-800-325-0059.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park (Corbin)
Monday, May 29; : Musicians are invited to an “open mike” jam session at DuPont Lodge. Come early for a country dinner at the Riverview Restaurant, dinner served Music is free and listeners are welcome. For more information, call 1-800-325-0063.
Fort Boonesborough State Park (Richmond)
May 27-28-29: 18th Century Trade Fair, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday: Visit a social, political, and business gathering which may include merchants, traders, artisans, Native Americans, militia members, beggars, long hunters, scouts and other characters. Listen to period music, visit camps, have lunch at The Beggars & Boar, and shop for 18th century goods at the Transylvania Store as you compare life today to life 230 years ago. The Fort gift shop will be open. Free with fort admission. For more information, call 859-527-3131.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park (Greenup)
Saturday, May 27, : Bluegrass/folk music by ETA at the campground. Also during the weekend the park will offer hayrides, hikes, and mini-golf. Call the park at 1-800-325-0083 for more information.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park (Gilbertsville)
May 27-28, : Annual Kentucky Dam Village Arts & Crafts Show. A juried arts and crafts show, along with food, craft demonstrations, door prizes and music showcases will be featured. Free. For more information, call Mary Greer at 270-362-4271.
Paintsville Lake State Park (Staffordsville)
Friday and Saturday, May 26-27: Mountain Home Place is sponsoring a free Gospel Jubilee at the amphitheater at Paintsville Lake State Park. Concessions will be available. Groups will perform from Friday and on Saturday. For information, call 606-297-8486.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park (Dawson Springs)
Thursday-Sunday: Nocturnal animal show Thursday night. Throughout the weekend kids ages 7-12 will be able to complete activities to become Kentucky State Park Junior Naturalists. There will also be chances for guests to win prizes at bingo, pedal boat races, and other events. For information, call 1-800-325-1711.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park (Pineville)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 26-28: Pine Mountain will participate in the annual Mountain Laurel Festival. The festival features concerts, dances, a golf tournament, carnival, and the crowning of the Mountain Laurel Queen. Pine Mountain will hold a golf tournament Friday at its Wasioto Winds Golf Course. The Governor’s Luncheon on Saturday at is at the park’s convention center (reservations, $20). The park’s Laurel Cove Amphitheater is the site for the Queen’s coronation Saturday. The Queen’s breakfast is held at the convention center Sunday (reservations, $15). There is a fee for some events. For reservations, call 606-337-6103. For more information about the park call 1-800-325-1712.
Yatesville Lake State Park (Louisa)
Saturday, May 27, : The Appalachian Troubadours, a group of musicians from southeastern Kentucky, will perform a mini-concert of country-bluegrass-Cajun-pop songs at the campground. The concert is free; visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Call 606-673-1492 for information.
Monday, May 29, : A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Veteran's Memorial at Yatesville Lake State Park Marina. The Louisa/Lawrence County Chapter of the American Legion and the VFW will be conducting the ceremonies. Call 606-673-1492 for information.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 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 http://www.parks.ky.gov