VIP Clarksville Magazine | October 2017

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VIP EVENT | Hoptown Summer Salute Festival Story + Photography by Kalan Alder The Hoptown Summer Salute Festival kicked off on Friday, August 18 in downtown Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The three-day festival is (WAS?) the official Eclipse Party in Hopkinsville. What better way to get people excited for the Solar Eclipse than with a festival? The festival offered live music, fun and games for the entire family. There was live music throughout the weekend including music from The Jimmy Church Band and American country music artist, Tracy Lawrence. The crowds were out and ready for a great weekend full of music. There were over 100 vendors with every type of deep fried food you could think of and Solar Eclipse t-shirts, magnets, etc. for all the shoppers to Houston Hanvy & Brenda Chapman take home. Locals and people from all over the world traveled to Hopkinsville this weekend (?) to share the Great Solar Eclipse. Fun activities like carnival rides, bouncers, and scuba diving were offered to make sure kids had an exciting time. Throughout the weekend there was a 5k race, Sunday morning service in Hopkinsville’s Founders Square, and much more throughout the weekend. Anyone who attended the festival could feel the positive energy from the various activities and food offered. Local businesses helped make the event a success, but also vendors from out-of-state traveled to Hopkinsville to set up food trucks or tents. Everyone pulled together to make The Summer Salute a weekend to remember. There truly was something for everyone to do during the weekend. If interested in being a vendor or attending next year’s Summer Salute Festival, visit

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