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Parks & Recreation Anticipating Big Numbers for 3rd Annual Summer Salute

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Hopkinsville’s largest annual festival nearing capacity for food, merchant vendors
 
Riding the momentum of last year’s version, which welcomed nearly 35,000 visitors into downtown Hopkinsville, the 3rd Annual Summer Salute Festival is gearing up and anticipating another large crowd Aug. 24-25, 2018 in Hoptown.
 
The largest annual festival in Hopkinsville, which has consistently led to a significant, local economic impact, Summer Salute is a free two-day music festival that will include approximately 100 food/drink booths and merchant vendors, kids’ rides and activities for everyone.  
 
The event will culminate with its featured act — nationally-renowned country music group Sawyer Brown — during a concert on “the big stage,” the night of Saturday, Aug. 25 in front of the Hopkinsville Justice Center. Pennyrile Electric and Fortera Credit Union are sponsors of that concert.
 
Previous winner of the ACM Vocal Group of the Year, Sawyer Brown has recorded 14 top-ten songs over its storied history and is currently celebrating its 30 anniversary as a group with the release of its 23rd album, titled “Travelin' Band.”
 
Back again this year is The Jimmy Church Band, who will perform at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 in conjunction with the Fridays@5 summer concert series, bringing the funk and setting the tone for a raucous weekend of fun. The Jimmy Church Band’s performance is sponsored by Watkins Express Freight.  
 
Both shows are free of charge. Music is one of the festival cornerstones and various artists will providing tunes on the Founders Square stage from Noon until 5 p.m. both days.   
 
“We believe we are certainly continuing with the tradition of bringing high-quality, big-time names to downtown for Summer Salute,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “Those shows are the pillars of our event, but we are also excited to offer so many other free activities throughout the weekend.” In addition to music, kids will have a wide arrange of free activities at Kid's Zone locations at Summer Salute, including rides and inflatable bounce houses. Heritage Bank is once again sponsor of the popular family train rides. A host of local businesses have pulled together to sponsor carnival-type rides for kids 6 and under. And, of course, the usual bevy of craft and food vendors will be on hand Friday and Saturday to add to the festival atmosphere.
 
“Due to the tremendous response at last year’s Summer Salute, we are nearing capacity for our vendor spaces,” Brockman shared. “That alone shows proof that this event is well-received and growing every year.”
 
To inquire about limited remaining vending opportunities and availability, contact Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation at (270) 887-4290 or thudson@hopkinsvilleky.us. Visit hoptownsummersalute.com or facebook.com/HoptownSummerSalute for more information regarding the event.