The 32nd annual Little River Days Festival was held Thursday through Sunday, May 16th through 19th, 2013. The festival opened on Thursday morning at 10am, with the vendors, exhibitors and carnival rides in place and ready to go. But, rain dampened the event late Thursday through most of Friday.
This forced the last two contestants in Thursday’s Hoptown’s Got Talent Finals to postpone their performances until Friday evening. Ultimately, Belmont University freshman, Haley Page won this year’s competition and took home the $1,000 prize.
Friday was mostly cloudy with off and on light rain. But, our ZZ Top tribute band, Eliminator, provided great entertainment on Friday evening, with fans staying and enjoying the music, even in light rain.
By Saturday morning, the skies began to clear. The JSMC Sports Medicine 5K and the Little River Bicycling Tour started the day at 8am. Participation in both events was up, with nearly 300 in the 5K and 242 cycling on one of the 3 different routes. Then, over 200 youth and adults took part in the School Challenge 1 Mile Fun Run. 2013’s winner was Indian Hills Elementary, with Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary placing second.
At noon, My Nose Turns Red youth circus thrilled and amazed the audience with their demonstration of circus skills, then provided those interested with an opportunity to learn these skills and discover just how difficult they are to master.
By Saturday afternoon, the clouds and threat of rain had diminished, which encouraged typical Little River Days Festival crowds to get out and shop, eat, ride the carnival rides and enjoy the music in Little River Park, on the Toyota of Hopkinsville stage.
In recent years, Little River Days Festival attendance has averaged 15,000 over the four day event. This year, with a couple of rainy days, we estimate 2013 attendance at approximately 10,000.