City of Madisonville Announces Fall Events
With the 2017 season of Friday Night Live ending in September, many have asked what the City of Madisonville has planned for the fall and the answer did not disappoint. Two events, the Mad City Fall Fest and the Mad City Kidapalooza, were recently announced.
“We are working hard to make Madisonville a fun place to be, not just in the summer, but year-round,” said Mayor David Jackson. “We’re very excited about the fall events that are in the works!”
Mad City Fall Fest – Oct. 21 5-10 PM
First on deck is the first-ever Mad City Fall Fest – an event centered around fall shopping, food, and a diverse music selection. The event will be downtown on October 21 from 5-10 PM and will be located across West Center Street, Sugg Street, and Railroad Street. The event will feature 3 stages with live performances by The Jimmy Church Band, Rusty Tabor, and Millie & Tyler. “One of the biggest requests we saw in the Friday Night Live survey was the request for more diverse music and, specifically, The Jimmy Church Band,” said Community Development Director Summer Crick. “This event gave us the chance to honor some of those musical wishes early!”
The event will also consist of local business-sponsored activities including the Mad City Street Market, a revamped Gallery Hop area, known as Artisan’s Alley, a downtown scavenger hunt, a cornhole tournament, and a pet Halloween costume contest. Following the event’s conclusion, The Crowded House will host an Oktoberfest After Party beginning at 10 PM with music by pop/rock band The Great Affairs. The event is cofunded by the City of Madisonville and the Madisonville Forward initiative, Hancock Bank & Trust, and the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission. At this time, the activity and media sponsors include Center Street Bar & Grill, The Crowded House, Downtown Turnaround Partnership, Hancock Bank & Trust, Lucky Dogs, Mad City Street Market, Mad Mix 106, WFMW, and WKTG, and Crick noted that additional media and activity sponsorships are still available. “All employees at Hancock Bank & Trust are excited to be a part of this new endeavor to enhance the quality of life in Madisonville and Hopkins County through the Fall Fest Event,” said Hancock Bank & Trust President, Steve Cox. “We are proud to lend our total support.”
Mad City Kidapalooza – Oct. 28 – 10 AM-3PM
Next up is the tenth annual Mad City Kidapalooza, which will be held in downtown Madisonville from 10 AM – 3 PM on October 28. Kidapalooza is a family-friendly event that will feature a wide variety of absolutely free games, inflatables, entertainment, takeaway crafts, and learning opportunities. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Madisonville and the Madisonville Forward initiative, Independence Bank, and the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission.
This year, thanks to new community partnerships and the Madisonville Forward initiative, the event is growing! “We have extended the time length, added a portable roller skating rink, a giant Velcro wall, and Independence Bank’s trackless train,” said Crick. “We will also be allowing food vendors for the first time since its inception.” Kent Mills, President of Independence Bank, is excited to be a part of the event as well, stating that “Independence Bank is proud to partner with the City of Madisonville for the 10th year of Kidpalooza. We strive to be involved in things that promote quality of life and improving basic needs within our community. Kidpalooza is an awesome event for the children of Hopkins County and we will have several things for the children to do that will complement the other things that the City is planning for the event.”
“The Hopkins County Tourist & Convention Commission is excited to continue our partnership with the City of Madisonville in sponsoring the upcoming Mad City Fall Fest and Mad City Kidapalooza,” said Executive Director Tricia Noel. “We have always taken an active role in implementing the Downtown Gallery Hop and Kidapalooza and look forward to working with the City to offer some new, exciting events for our visitors and community members. It’s going to be two great weekends!”
“We are so grateful for the great community partnerships that these events have allowed for,” said Mayor Jackson. “We hope that these will just be the beginning of larger, more frequent events that are a product of collaboration and joint-funding from our local businesses, organizations, and governmental entities. When we all work together, we’ll gain even more momentum in moving Madisonville forward.”
The City of Madisonville is seeking food and merchandise vendors for the Mad City Fall Fest, and food vendors and activity sponsors for the Mad City Kidapalooza. Vendor applications and more information can be found at www.madisonvilleky.us or by calling the Office of Community Development at 270-824-2100.