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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/16/13) - SurfKY News was on the scene with local businesses and community sponsors over the weekend as Friday Night Live kicked off the summer festivities at Madisonville's downtown square by the old courthouse. Local vendors, businesses and community members gathered at the square to celebrate the season with activities, food, music and raffling.
 
The celebration started with the UK Alumni 5K run/walk downtown. The America in Bloom (AIB) Proclamation took place welcoming judges and sponsors for the AIB event that's part of efforts to beautify the downtown area, beginning at the Baptist Health Madisonville location. Awards were given for AIB participants, highlighting and congratulating all for their hard work and organizational efforts to make our community a healthier and more beautiful place to call "home."
 
The Madisonville Fire Department set up on Center Street to host a Firefighters Challenge obstacle course for community youth. Lt. Brandon Towe said that the course was set up to connect with local citizens and reinforce the importance of physical fitness in community youth. They will be set up at the next Friday Night Live events taking place downtown on July 12 and August 9. They're also available to set up the course and Severe Weather Simulation Trailer at local schools during the school year, if scheduled by school administration.
 
Along with the vast array of vendors and activities taking place during the night, Friday Night Live regularly hosts musical performances as part of the celebration. Friday's venue hosted local talents Pat Ballard, Ray Ligon and music group Barry Potter and the Hosscats in separate music performances for the crowd's entertainment. Guests visiting the lawn and beer garden danced and enjoyed the performances until after 10:00 p.m., when the show regularly schedules to close down.
 
The Rizpah Temple Shriners members were downtown shaping balloons and painting fun faces for the children. The Hopkins County Humane Society brought some of their pets down to meet and greet for adoption. The adoption rate for the Humane Society continues to climb as the rate of euthanasia declines for the shelter since the first of the year and President Jack Merrill continues to exclaim his satisfaction with the success of the new programs implemented to support the improvement, always thanking the community for their continued support in the shelter efforts To visit the shelter homepage, you may log on here: http://www.hopkinscountyhumanesociety.org/.
 
The Church of the Nazarene and First United Methodist Church were onsite selling snow cones and offering registration information for upcoming Vacation Bible School schedules. For Vacation Bible School schedules from either location, you may log on to Facebook directly by clicking below:
(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madisonville-Church-of-the-Nazarene/109655699076334).
(https://www.facebook.com/MadisonvilleFUMC).
 
Gordon's Grill set up with owners Misty and Richard Gordon, friends and family shaking up the tasty summer favorite lemon shake-up drinks and grilled pork chop and steak sandwiches. Richard explained that all proceeds made from food and drink sales at the Friday Night Live events goes to Friendship Baptist Church in Hopkins County.
 
Caretakers of Sharber Cemetery on State Highway 813 will be raffling items at the next two Friday Night Live events for funds to maintain cemetery grounds. The final drawing will be held at the August event at 9:30 p.m. Entry participants do not have time to be present to win.
 
Local movie production company owner P.J. Woodside and group was onsite promoting the release of film Lucid, as well as selling more movies by Big Biting Pig Productions. Lucid will be premiering Friday, June 21 at the Ballard Convention Center and features horror movie legend Bill "Leatherface" Johnson of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. Big Biting Pig Productions produces films locally of the psychological thriller and horror genre. For ticket information to the Lucid premiere, log on here:
(http://www.bigbitingpigproductions.com/).
 
The Madisonville North Hopkins High School Maroons football team set up a trailer carting food for fuel for the passersby.
 
Grace Warehouse Church of Madisonville's youth group put on a riveting stomp performance for the community using metal barrel trash cans, ladders and plastic tubs.

The Hopkins Co. Crimestoppers launched the season's campaign while the D.A.R.E. car displayed the county's ongoing efforts to bring awareness and prevention to crime and drug use in the surrounding areas. http://www.hopkinscountycrimestoppers.com/.
 
Other sponsors of Friday Night Live were: WTTL Radio, Power Rock 93.9 Radio, the City of Madisonville, Baptist Health Madisonville, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville-Hopkins Co. Chamber of Commerce, WFMW Radio, Madisonville's ESPN Radio, Hampton Inn and Suites, Sugg Street Post, The Messenger, and the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission. For information on the next two Friday Night Live venues, you may log on to: http://www.madisonvillegov.com/Madisonville_Kentucky/index.asp?Page=Friday%20Night%20Live.
 
Jessica Frodge
SurfKY News

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