Greenville, KY – The Greenville Tourism Commission is pleased to present the 9th annual “Squash & Gobble Arts Bazaar and Fall Festival.” This signature arts and crafts event and family fall festival is set for Saturday, September 16th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Squash & Gobble festival celebrates the arts while offering families a fun-filled FREE fall festival.
The 2017 festival will feature 120+ artisans from across the region plus artisans from Indiana and Tennessee. A record setting 123 artisan booths are confirmed with more being added daily! The vendors will line the downtown sidewalks with creations in jewelry, fabrics, paintings, drawings, stained glass pieces, leather goods, floral arrangements, pottery, primitive furniture and much more. Be prepared to peruse each and every booth for an incredible day of shopping!
The chainsaw woodcarving demonstration is again on the schedule! This popular art demo will be located in the parking lot of Edward Jones Investments on North Main. Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, leaders in the chainsaw wood carving industry, will be carving throughout the day creating two one-of-a-kind benches to be used in Greenville area parks following the event.
New this year is a glass blowing demonstration by Louisville, Kentucky based The Glass Talisman. Glass artist Gail Oyler will be bringing this unique form of art to Greenville for the first time ever! Watch as she uses fire and heat to transform glass into custom, one-of-a-kind designs. She will also be bringing her current inventory of glass selections for attendee’s perusal and purchase. In addition, an airbrush and caricature artist will be located in The Crossing, creating custom pieces for guests for an extra fee.
New to the event this year is 12’ x 20’ interactive custom children’s mural. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to bring color and life to this custom creation!
The fall festival element of the event is all about family fun. There will be a wide variety of FREE activities for the kids at the 2017 Squash and Gobble including pumpkin painting, guitar painting, pony rides, balloon twisting, mechanical pumpkin and petting zoo.
This year, activities have been expanded and will feature several new attractions. One of the new additions is a 50’ x 70’ Giant Jumping Jack o’Lantern located at the corner of Main and West Main Cross. This new attraction will accommodate many children for hours of bouncing fun! Also new to the event will be the Feller Express Trackless Train! This fun new attraction will be cruising through downtown all-day, free of charge, for the kiddos! In addition, SOAR will be hosting a special “Touch a Truck” event in the parking lot of the Greenville United Methodist Church. Kids of all ages will be able to see and touch trucks from various vocations including a fire truck, military vehicle, ambulance and more! Free books will be available while supplies last.
The old fashioned cornmeal-making demonstration is also back for 2017 with a gristmill stone grinder making up ready-to-buy cornmeal for attendees to purchase. Look for the demo in the middle of Main Street in the turning lane at the East Main Cross intersection!
A full food court will feature seasonal goodies like funnel cakes, homemade kettle corn, fried pies and roasted corn on the cob.
Maps outlining specific locations and times for all the of Squash & Gobble events and activities will be available for download at TourGreenville.com on the special page dedicated to Squash & Gobble or the Greenville Tourism Facebook page beginning on Wednesday, September 13th. The Squash & Gobble Arts Bazaar and Fall Festival is a great way to kick-off the fall season! For additional information contact Beth Newman at 270-338-1895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenville, KY – “Get Mooned in Greenville” via the “2017 Great American Eclipse”! On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the moon completely blocks the sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. In Greenville, KY, this once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse is taking place at approximately 1:25 pm. Greenville is blessed to be in “the path of totality” and the Greenville Tourism Commission is hosting two very exciting community events to celebrate!
To kick-off the eclipse activities in Greenville, experience a tethered balloon ride at the “Fly Me to the Moon” Hot Air Balloon Show and Glow! The balloon event will take place on Saturday, August 19th at the Muhlenberg County Park located behind the West Campus of Muhlenberg County High School at 501 West Everly Brothers Blvd. This balloon show and glow is being hosted in conjunction with the Muhlenberg County High School (MCHS) Marching Mustang Band Annual Ice Cream Supper!
Tethered hot air balloon ticket sales begin at 5:30 pm with rides beginning at 7:00 pm and continuing until 8:30 pm. The cost is $5 per person to ride and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the MCHS Marching Mustang Band!
It is important to note that tethered balloon rides are contingent upon weather conditions and put-through time availability. First-come-first-serve ticket sales will begin onsite at 5:30 pm. One ticket = one person for one ride. Weather conditions can quickly change. A ticket does not guarantee a ride. If a ticket holder is not allowed to ride due to weather conditions or put-through timing, a full refund of the purchase price will be awarded. While there is no minimum age for children to ride, every child under the age of 12 requires adult companionship. Following the conclusion of the tethered rides, a beautiful “hot air balloon glow” is set for 8:30 pm.
Tethered hot air balloon rides and homemade ice cream promise to make for a memorable eclipse weekend experience! The Ice Cream Supper gates open at 5:00 pm at MCHS Mustang Stadium located on the West Campus. The band boosters will be serving ribeye sandwiches, BBQ sandwiches, walking tacos, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, a variety of chips and candy bars, snow cones, lemon shake-ups and of course homemade ice cream! Plus, all food sale proceeds benefit the band! Bounce houses and inflatables will be available for the kids to enjoy. The MCHS Band will also be previewing their 2017 show at 6:00 and 8:00 pm called “Color and Light.”
Then on eclipse day, Monday August 21st, come celebrate this beautiful celestial event at the Greenville Tourism Commission’s “See it at the Summerhouse Eclipse Viewing Extravaganza”! The event begins at 10 am and the first 500 guests will receive complimentary “Eclipse Survival Kits” which include a Moon Pie dessert cake, a Sundrop soft drink, a commemorative mini-frisbee, eclipse viewing glasses and sunscreen!
Additionally, while supplies last, 2,000 FREE commemorative “I Got Mooned in Greenville” American Paper Optics manufactured eclipse viewing glasses will be available! The Summerhouse is the beautiful white gazebo structure located two blocks east of the downtown square on East Main Cross Street. It will provide the perfect viewing location with wide open grassy spaces for lawn chairs and blankets. In addition, it is conveniently located adjacent to the Morgan Memorial Park (A.K.A. Greenville City Park) accommodating any overflow guests. Food trucks will be on site, plus the WBKR Radio Roadshow with Barb Birgy will be broadcasting live from the Summerhouse!
In Greenville, the eclipse itself will begin just before 12:00 pm with complete darkness occurring at approximately 1:25 pm for 1 minute and 44 seconds, then finishing up around 3:00 pm once the moon moves completely past the sun. For more information on the eclipse and viewing safety tips, visit www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com.
For more information regarding the “Fly me to the Moon! Hot Air Balloon Show and Glow” and the “See it at the Summerhouse Eclipse Viewing Extravaganza” please LIKE the Greenville Tourism Commission on Facebook. The Greenville Tourism Commission is located at 112 N. Main Street in Greenville, KY. Email contact can be made to email@example.com. The phone number at the GTC office is 270-338-1895. Welcome to Greenville! You’re just in time!