2nd Annual Hoptown Harvest Festival Set for September 26th-28th
Continental Mills and Krusteaz present the 2nd Annual Hoptown Harvest Festival to be held in Downtown Hopkinsville on September 26th – 28th. Through a collaborative effort between many community organizations, this top-notch festival is sure to have something for everyone in the region to enjoy!
The Stephanie Quayle show sets the stage for celebrating our deep agricultural roots. She performs live on Thursday, September 26th in the beautiful Alhambra Theatre at 7:00 PM. Enjoy an incredible evening of country music from one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. McGee Pest Control presents the live concert and 101 tickets will be provided free for military families. General admission tickets are $20.
The Founders Square Feast: A Farm to Table Event is served near dusk on Friday, September 27th under the Downtown Farmers Market pavilion and features a gourmet meal catered by Chef Teeka with Southern Belle Catering along with dessert prepared by Heather & Graham Dawson with The Mixer. Local proteins, breads and in-season produce are paired with spirits and craft beer from MB Roland Distillery, Casey Jones Distillery and Hopkinsville Brewing Company. Local flavors & delectable aromas will fill the pavilion as the sun begins to set over Little River Park as ambient music plays in the background. Tickets are $50 per person.
The inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K gets underway bright and early Saturday morning, September 28th as runners from states near and far challenge themselves to long or short-distance running along the Hopkinsville Greenway System and throughout the scenic streets of our community. Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health are sponsors of the inaugural run and proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Pennyrile.
The Downtown Farmers Market Vintage Arts & Craft Fair opens at 11 AM in Founder’s Square. Peruse through hand-crafted jewelry, soaps, artwork, home-baked goods, cut flowers, a wide variety of proteins and in-season produce while sipping on a signature cocktail, craft beer or area wine created by local and regional distilleries, breweries and wineries. The Local Taught Market Bought Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration is at 11:30 and Betty Adams will be serving up Curried Chicken and Melon Salad, a Kentucky Proud Plate It Up! Recipe.
The Kentucky Bourbon Mashoree runs from noon until 7:00 PM Saturday, September 28th and includes an amazing kids zone, live music, food trucks and more!! Performers include Roux and The Willing, the 101st Airborne Division Band and The Todd County Boys. Music begins at noon and concludes at 7.
All of these festivities surround the popular Chili Cook-Off organized annually by the Christian County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. Teams from Ft. Campbell, Hopkinsville and the surrounding area will serve up their scrumptious chili recipes to raise funds for military families. Sampling cups will be available at 12 noon and are free with Military ID and $2 for civilians. Prizes will be awarded for the top teams. Sponsors include Rogers Group, Hopkinsville Electric System, Fortera Credit Union and Planters Bank.
Proceeds from the Hoptown Harvest Festival benefit the Downtown Farmers Market, the Downtown and Inner-City Cultural Community Council and the Military Affairs Committee. Festival partners include the Downtown Farmers Market, the Downtown Renaissance District, the Pennyroyal Arts Council, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, the Christian County Cooperative Extension Service, the Military Affairs Committee, MB Roland Distillery, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, Free Range Flowers at Martin Farm and the Division of Parks & Recreation.
Downtown Hopkinsville serves as the backdrop for the 2nd Annual Hoptown Harvest Festival as we celebrate the many benefits of access to locally sourced and produced wares. We tip our hats to the farmers who work so diligently each year to ensure the plethora of farmland fare. The title sponsor of this year’s Hoptown Harvest Festival is Continental Mills/Krusteaz. Additional sponsors include Higgins Insurance, Christian County Cooperative Extension Service, Hopkinsville Elevator Company, Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority, AgQuest, United Southern Bank, Christian County Health Department, Christian County Fiscal Court and Christian County Grain.
“We extend much gratitude to MB Roland Distillery for offering to move the Kentucky Bourbon Mashoree to Downtown Hopkinsville last year. We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Military Affairs Chili Cook-Off this year, along with the many other community organizations, and we look forward to continuing to grow this festival,” said Downtown Renaissance Director Holly Boggess. “We could not host an event like this without the generosity and support of our local community sponsors who, time and time again, reinvest in our community to enhance the quality of life for all our residents,” said Laura Faulkner, Management Services Coordinator. “The Pennyroyal Arts Council is thrilled to be a part of the Hoptown Harvest Festival. We will kick this 3-day event off on Thursday evening with Stephanie Quayle at the historic Alhambra. Don’t miss a chance to see this up and coming artist!” stated Margaret Prim, Executive Director of the Pennyroyal Arts Council. Chef Teeka Osbourne, owner of Southern Belle Catering stated “I am humbly ecstatic to be chosen as the head chef for this year’s Farm to Table Dinner! This provides me the wonderful opportunity to maximize on the harvest of many of our very own local farmers. I am looking forward to sprinkling my ‘Southern Belle’ charm on this year’s menu to make sure you get your tickets!!”