Department of Parks
Pennyrile Forest Celebrating 60th Anniversary on Aug. 30

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 12, 2014  
Contact Information:  Rebecca Clark,


DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. – Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and the Kentucky State Parks’ 90th anniversary, on Aug. 30, 2014, with a day full of activities and entertainment.


The fun begins at the beach with a sidewalk chalk art competition for children and adults at 10 a.m.  The DJ Dance Party on the Beach will be from noon to 4 p.m. At 2 p.m., sand sculptor Donna Brooks will talk about the techniques she used to create a large 60th anniversary cake on the sand of the beach, then she will help all who are interested build their own mini sand sculpture.


Guests will have a chance to make their own tie-dye T-shirts at 3 p.m. The fee is $8 for a shirt with the 90th anniversary of Kentucky State Parks logo. Hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones will be sold at the beach shelter 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The fun will move to the lodge with a celebration in the dining room at 6 p.m. Former staff members and longtime park guests will be invited to share their memories of the park. Historic photographs will be displayed on the park television screens at the lodge, and guests are welcome to bring their park memorabilia to display.


At 7 p.m., the park will host musical entertainment on the lodge patio by the Dawsonettes-Dreamers with music from the ’50s and ’60s. A dinner buffet will feature menu items that may have been found on a 1954 menu at the park.


The Dawsonettes-Dreamers are: Melissa Redman-Heflin, Cindy Franklin-Bratcher, Traci Menser-McKnight, and Jenny Beshear Sewell.  Instrumentalists are:  Mel by Melissa Webb-Earnest (keyboard), Alan Black (drums), Mike Thomas (guitar), David Bowles (Dreamers bass guitar), Jenny Sewell (Dawsonettes bass guitar).


The rustic wood and stone Pennyrile Lodge, with 24 rooms, sits serenely on a high cliff overlooking Pennyrile Lake. Open year-round, the park has 12 cottages in the wooded lodge area and on the lake’s shores. The restaurant seats 200, including a private dining room for up to 80. The park also has an 18-hole golf course with a pro shop, riding carts, pull carts and rental clubs. The course is open year-round, weather permitting. The park also offers hiking trails, fishing, basketball, tennis and horse campsites that are available year-round. Call 1-800-325-1711 for information and reservations.




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at