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Big Fun in Little Lake Park with 2018 Grand Rivers Summer Fest

June 25, 2018 | Jamie Sears Rawlings

It may be called Little Lake Park, but it’s going to be the site of some great big fun this summer as Grand Rivers kicks off its first Summer Fest, with non-stop events held in the park on weekends all summer!

On four Friday nights during July and August, when the sun sets, the big screen rises and guests can drive their golf carts down to Little Lake Park for the Grand Rivers Golf Cart Drive-In Movie series. Those without golf carts, well, they’re welcome to bring a blanket or beach towel and take part in the new features as well.

The 17-foot, movie-quality screen is sponsored by Green Turtle Bay Resort and guests can attend free-of-charge.

July 6 – I Can Only Imagine
July 27 – Transformers: The Last Knight
August 3 – Sherlock Gnomes
August 24 – Wonder Woman

On Saturdays, guests to Grand Rivers are treated to literally a full day’s worth of events.

In the morning from 8:00 a.m.-noon, Summer Fest attendees can pick out vegetables, flowers, fruits and homemade goods at the weekly Farmers Market, then stay around until 2:00 to shop crafts and goodies at the Traders Flea Market that runs from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

In the afternoons, when the sun is beating down, there’s no need to hoof it around town—guest can simply hop aboard the air-conditioned trolley and ferry around in-style to all of the Summer Fest events, local shops and restaurants.

There’s even a chance to take to the sky. Stevens Aircraft Solutions will offer Summer Fest attendees the chance to see Grand Rivers and Kentucky Lake from helicopter with a cost of only $50 per ride.

At night, when Saturdays are winding down, guests can wind up with live music courtesy of band and acts in genres that range from country and classic rock to jazz. Shows begin at 5:00 p.m.

July 7 – Alonzo Pennington Band
July 21 – Kaleb Lee
August 4 – Revelry
August 25 – Midlife Crisis

That might be enough to keep any town entertained for a summer, but the Grand Rivers Tourism Commission has even more up its sleeve by way of special events.

On July 14 and August 11, the town will fill up with classic and hot rod cars courtesy of the Top Gun Car Show. From 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., cars from all eras will cruise into Grand Rivers, giving guests the chance to browse and dream--of big paychecks or days gone by.

On August 17, Grand Rivers residents and visitors from the Lakes area can rev up their golf carts and participate in the first benefit Golf Cart Poker Run, sponsored by First Kentucky Bank and benefiting Special Olympics of Kentucky. Participants are eligible for cash prizes of $250 for best hand and $150 for worst hand and could even have the chance to win $25,000, all while listening to music from DJ Scott Jackson.

Those interested in participating in the Golf Cart Poker Run can register now at

For additional information about the events of 2018 Summer Fest, or to keep up-to-date with weather cancellations, visit

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