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Hunters Moon Fall Festival Celebrates 40 Years in Grand Rivers

As the fall weather blows in and harvest season nears its end, the quaint village of Grand Rivers, Kentucky, hosts its annual Hunters Moon Fall Festival. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, which will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Vendors of all kinds will set up in Little Lake Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items range from woodworking to jewelry to children’s clothing and other handmade items. 

The day will also be highlighted by an eclectic mix of food vendors and other activities, including a cake walk at noon. Cakes have been donated by community members and local businesses, including Liteside Bakery and Patti’s 1880s Settlement.

There will be live gospel music by Billy Griffin from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Main Stage and several other fun things to check out throughout the day. The Hunters Moon Fall Festival is a fun event that the whole family will enjoy.

“This festival is a great, family-friendly event and welcomes the arrival of fall in our little lake village,” Grand Rivers Tourism Executive Director Christine Thompson says. “The town is beautifully decorated with colorful mums, pumpkins, hay bales and the autumn leaf colors in the park are spectacular!”

While this is a fun event for everyone, families with children will certainly enjoy a few special activities. There is a Little Mr. and Miss Pageant and a Halloween costume contest planned for the kids. All children wearing costumes are welcome to participate in the contest and will be invited to parade through the community at 10 a.m. beginning at the Village Market Grocery Store. There is no fee for children to participate.

The “Big Parade” is always a big draw for children and their families. This is the first time that Santa makes his grand appearance in Western Kentucky, just in time for the holidays. The Big Parade will begin at 3 p.m. and will run along Main Street.

In addition to all of the fun, the Grand Rivers Chamber of Commerce invites visitors to peruse the items in this year’s silent auction. The event begins at 9 a.m. A few noteworthy pieces on this year’s auction block include a 2-night stay at Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina and a photo taken by Marty Colburn, one of the region’s premier wildlife photographers.

The Hunters Moon Festival is Grand Rivers’ way of celebrating all that their hometown has to offer to residents and guests. It was created by the Grand Rivers Chamber of Commerce as a way to highlight the village’s many wonderful attractions.

“This is a fun way to celebrate our town's unique and vibrant culture,” Thompson says. “It's a great way to spend the weekend--parades, shopping from local vendors, delicious fall treats and activities for the whole family.”

Find more information at www.grandrivers.org.

Photos courtesy Grand Rivers Tourism/Facebook.

Photo by Melodie Cunningham

This pileated woodpecker is one of the more common woodpecker species in North America. It is also one of the largest forest birds in the region.