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KELLY, Ky. (6/26/13) – The Kelly Community Organization, Inc is proud to announce their partnership with Project Believe In Me during the 2013 Kelly “Little Green Men” Days Festival.
 
Project Believe In Me is a ‘Completely youth-led initiative dedicated to ending bullying. In 2011, the rise in bully-related suicide empowered the founding of this organization. Our two missions are daunting, but simple: To end bullying, and to give youth the resources to make change in their communities. Project Believe in Me is deeply rooted in the firm belief that it’s our duty as members of this earth to share our stories.’ Working with another project, Hold On Another Day, talented musicians created a CD to help spread the anti-bullying initiative.
 
Rising Pop Star and 2011 Festival Headliner, Tyler Matl, is one of the musicians that contributed to the CD. Tyler will be a special guest at this year's festival. He will take the stage around 5:15PM to talk about Project Believe In Me, his involvement and how it affected his life. He will also sing a couple of his songs, including his anti-bullying song - It's Not Easy - that was included on the Hold On Another Day CD. During a recent interview with Tyler Matl, he stated “I became involved with PBIM because I can truly understand the effects of bullying. It's something I've experienced as I believe most people have.” Tyler’s message to victims of bullying: “I would like to say that you're loved by me, by your family, and your true friends. Focus on the love that's all around you & the hate will vanish.” Victims of bullying are encouraged to report the incidents to a trusted adult, teacher, minister, coach and definitely the police.
 
During recent Kelly Community Meetings, the topic of bullying has been addressed several times. The Kelly Community works closely with the Christian County Sherriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies. It is well known that bullying, or any crime, will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods. The Kelly Community Organization, Inc is honored to team up with Project Believe In Me and Hold On Another Day to get the word out on the nationwide problem of bullying. Informational flyers, project cards and information on bullying will be available at the Kelly “Little Green Men” Days Festival. Festival Co-Chairpersons Joann Smithey and Teresa Knight, and KCO President Frank Brown, have announced that a portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to Project Believe In Me to continue in their quest to end bullying.
 
The Kelly “Little Green Men” Days Festival is an annual event held in Kelly, KY the third weekend of August to commemorate the sighting of Little Green Men on a Kelly farm in 1955. This year's festival is Friday, August 16, 5-9 PM and features the Glennie Lankford Outdoor Gospel Sing. The festivities continue Saturday, Aug 17, 9AM-9PM. Saturday will feature the Battle of the Bands competition and the Alien Costume Contest. Saturdays, music will close with the Headliner artist, 2011 Texaco Country Showdown Finalist, Payton Taylor. Both days will be filled with a variety of craft vendors, delicious food vendors, children rides and other special features. The 38 foot Flying Saucer will also make its return to the neighborhood. The festival is free both days and great fun for all ages.
 
The festival is from 5-9PM Friday, Aug 16 and 9AM-9PM Saturday, August 17. Many food and craft vendors, rides, special appearances, costume contests, raffles and trivia contests will make for a fun filled weekend for visitors of all ages.
 
More information about the festival can be found on their website at www.kellygreenmen.com, or on their Facebook page Kelly “Little Green Men” Days. Questions can be directed to festival Co-Chairpersons Joann Smithey at 270-881-8843 or Teresa Knight at 253-677-0248.
 
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