Archive for April, 2013
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
This year’s Kentucky Black Bear Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 & 11, but on Thursday, May 9, come out as the Black Bear Festival will kick off with the Club Bear Street Dance located in the Freeman Shopping Plaza (next to the Pizza Hut) in East Cumberland … Come on out and break it down or cut a rug with awesome new music, lights, and sound! Also there will be something for all ages including the Cub Club Inflatable Party! That’s Thursday evening, May 9, for the Black Bear Festival Club Bear Street Dance at the Freeman Shopping Plaza in East Cumberland.
Looking for family friendly entertainment, check out the 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival May 10 & 11 … the Black Mountain Thunder Zipline will be back, along with laser tag, the Shriner’s Train, the Mechanical Bull, a Rock Wall, and of course the carnival located at the Rotary Park … and new this year, a 28 foot Pinball Machine, Water Balls, and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (see below for more info) that will be located in the grassy area in front of El Charrito’s Mexican Resturant on Friday at 2pm and 6pm and Saturday at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm … it’s free to the public and a must see at this year’s KY Black Bear Festival! Bring a chair and enjoy the show!
The Cumberland Tourism Commission welcomes everyone to the 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival held May 10 & 11 … This year it will be set up on Main Street, Cumberland Avenue, Black Bear Plaza and the Cumberland Rotary Park … Events include carnival rides, great festival foods that you love and look forward to every year … and much more! Various vendors, games, and events, and of course, great music both days. There will also be a Kids Fest on Saturday from 10am til Noon at the new Gazebo. For more information on becoming a vendor or just for information about the festival, call the Tourism office at 589-5812.
Let the competitions begin! The 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival offers 2 favorite competitions every year. On Saturday, May 11, start off your day with the Black Bear 5-K Run beginning in Lynch in front of Historic Lynch City Hall, taking place on US Hwy 160 and continuing past the Historic Lynch High School up to the edge of the Lynch Country Club which is the Oldest Country Club in Harlan County and also the only seven hole golf course still open in the State of KY. There will also be a walking course of 1 mile. Proceeds will go for “Relay for Life”. You can contact the tourism office at 606-589-5812 to pre-register, or download the pre-registration form and Come Run/Walk for a Cure! Also Saturday, the popular Bear Fest Car, Truck and Bike Show will be back. Registration begins at 10am, judging begins at 2pm. Entry fee $15.00 with all registration fee proceeds going toward “Operation Camp Unite”. For more information, contact Larry Boggs at 606-634-0738 or the KY Black Bear Festival at 606-589-5812.
You’ll find plenty to sing about at this year’s KY Black Bear Festival where we’ll offer 2 great days of country, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, jazz, rock and gospel music! On Friday starting at 2pm, we’ll have Ethan Hatfield, at 4pm Big Daddy & The Heat, 5pm the Tony Dean Family and at 7pm, Jessica Bush. On Saturday start the afternoon off at noon with Harlan Co. Underground, at 1pm Triple X, 2pm Brooklyhn Woods, 3pm the Virginian’s, 4pm Wolf Creek Grass and at 5:30pm, Cumberland River Band. And, of course, stay around each night for our Headline Bands with Red Roots starting at 7:30pm Friday, and Halfway to Hazard at 8pm on Saturday. Bringing 2 great days of music to enjoy while also enjoying the events, food and vendors at this year’s 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival, May 10 & 11 in Cumberland, KY.
Our 2 Headline Bands round out each night of the festival … On Friday, May 10th at 7:30pm enjoy the “Red Roots”. This band is really talented, a great treat for the entire family! The lives of three, red-headed, identical triplet sisteres are best summed up in the band Red Roots. With now a second album “Middle of Nowhere” released, Red Roots have developed a sweet, pop-country sound while incorporating an inspirational message. Their journey of growth can be heard and seen through the band, but was ultimately shaped by their “roots” of family, faith, and music. Go to www.theredroots.com. On Saturday, May 11, Halfway to Hazard will start at 8pm. This American country music duo is composed of singer-songwriters David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. Though Tolliver and Warrix grew up in different towns in southeastern KY, their band’s origins are in Hazard, KY, which is halfway between their hometowns. Their debut single, “Daisy”, was a Top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in 2007. The song was also featured as iTunes’ single of the week on August 6, 2007. In addition, they toured as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s opening act on their Soul2Soul 2007 Tour. McGraw helped to produce the album. In May 2008, they were nominated by the Academy of Country Music for the Duo of the Year award. Halfway to Hazard toured again on the Live Your Voice tour with Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Warrix released a solo music video, “Rain on the Roof”, in 2013. Tolliver now writes full time for Tim McGraw’s publishing company, StyleSonic.
The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show: When you want a great Old Fashion, Fun, Family Entertainment, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is where it’s at. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show has been performing and competed at Logging Shows, and Sport Shows for overe 28 years. Including in those years, The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show has also performed at State and County Fairs, Festival, Sport Shows, Theme Parks, and Shopping Centers. They have also performed their lumberjack show in Japan, Europe, and Africa, and many other family venues. They have Ironjacks that compete in all different lumberjack events, such as logrolling, chopping, crosscut sawing, axe throwing, hot saw competition, and of course tree climbing. The Paul Bunyan lumberjack Show is similar to an Old Time Lumberjack Show and a great family entertainment, matched by none. In the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show or Timber Show, they use quality lumberjack competitors, also known as timberjacks from around the world. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks are also the same lumberjacks you see on the Stihl Timber Sports Series, ESPN, and TNN. So if you are looking for a great Timber Show with real tough Lumberjacks also know as Ironjacks, The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, is the type of Old Time Lumberjack Show/FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT you want.
Check out the Black Bear Festival Face Book page at Cumberland Tourism!
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
A new Upward Bound Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College is currently accepting high school students to become part of the program that will have a higher concentration on math and science. Southeast’s traditional Upward Bound Program, which served the area for nearly half a century, ended last summer due to budgetary cutbacks by the U.S. Congress. Officials at Southeast reapplied last fall and acquired funding for a new program, but with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — subject areas deemed to lead to higher paying jobs and careers.
Michelle Dykes-Anderson is the director of the program at Southeast and noted that a recruitment campaign is currently underway in order to attract eligible as well as capable high school students who are enrolled at either Harlan County High School or Bell County High School.
The program is required to fill out its roster of 60 students, and, as in past years, will offer a five-week summer program on the SKCTC Cumberland campus. Dykes-Anderson noted that the new program with its newer emphasis will actually be more fun and enjoyable as students will do many “hands-on activities,” spending less time in the classroom as in past years.
Additionally, students will take an “exciting” and “educational” trip at the conclusion of the summer term, travelling to Washington, D.C. and to Pennsylvania.
On Saturday, April 20, informational meetings for prospective students and their parents will be held at sites at the Pineville campus room 124, 9 a.m. until noon; Harlan campus, Administration Building, 1-4 p.m.; and on the Cumberland campus, Chrisman Hall, room 116, 9 a.m. until noon.
Those interested in enrolling in the new Upward Bound Program are required to meet certain guidelines, and for additional information, contact: Jennifer Brackett, at 589-3060, email@example.com or Amanda Farley at 589-3155, firstname.lastname@example.org.