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Great Steamboat Race
A time-honored tradition since 1963, the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race will happen again on Wednesday, May 2. This year the Belle of Louisville, Belle of Cincinnati, and the American Queen (the largest steamboat ever built) will make a run for the finish line, racing at points up the Ohio River and back, with the prized set of antlers riding on the race. Come on down to the Fourth Street Wharf (401 West River Road) to cheer on your favorite team and boat. The race is free to watch from along the river, but arrive by noon for best spots. The boats will return at approximately 7:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at the Chow Wagon venue in Waterfront Park (Pegasus Pin required for entry). For more info, go online to and click on “Events” or call (502) 584-FEST (3378).

Little River Days
Enjoy family fun for the entire family at the 31st annual Little River Days Festival in Hopkinsville, May 17-20, including arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment (hear new country band Herrick, and R&B and Motown hits from The King Beez and Blue Moon Swamp), a 5K race and Little River Bicycle Tour Saturday morning, carnival rides and games for young and old, food and refreshments, and more. Admission is free. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m. For more information, go online to or call (270) 887-4290.

Kentucky Scottish Weekend
Celebrate the 30th Kentucky Scottish Weekend at General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton, on May 12, 8 a.m.
-6 p.m., with bag pipes, pipe bands, highland and country dancing, athletic games, clan gathering, British car show, vendors, entertainment by Seven Nations and Mother Grove, and much more. Tickets at the gate are $10; ages 11 and under free. For more info, call (502) 732-4383; for advance tickets by April 30, go online to

Mill Springs Memorial Day
Celebrate Memorial Day, May 28, with observances and a picnic that you don’t even have to pack (or bring your own picnic if you prefer). The Confederate Memorial Service will be held at 9 a.m. at Zollicoffer Park (Highway 235, one mile south of Nancy), followed by National Memorial Services at 11 a.m. at the Mill Springs National Cemetery (9020 W. Hwy. 80). After the services, a Memorial Day picnic will be available for purchase ($5 per person) at the Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center. For more information, call (606) 636-4045.

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