ABOUT RIVER FESTIVUS

The River Festivus is a community event that was created to celebrate life on the mighty Cumberland River in Burkesville, Kentucky. This annual multi-day event offers you a chance to race your kayak, canoe, or paddle board during the Mighty Cumberland River Run, relax during the Festivus Float, run or walk Alpine Hill during the Festivus 5K, explore Dale Hollow Lake, and so much more. Pack your bag, grab your friends, and make your way to Burkesville, Kentucky for the 4th annual River Festivus. To learn more about the River Festivus like and follow "River Festivus" @cumberlandriverfestivus on facebook. Also stay tuned to WKYR 107.9 and this website for updates. For lodging options and other local attractions visit www.cumberlandcounty.com

FEATURED EVENTS

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Featuring The Josephines

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One of the feature events during River Festivus is the Mighty Cumberland River Run. This event offers you a chance to race your kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board on the Cumberland River. Two races are scheduled for August 21st (7 mile and 12 mile) and registration is available at: 

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The Festivus Float is your chance to float the Cumberland River. Invite your friends and make new ones as we float from Burkesville and head down the river. Those who register will get a River Festivus Float custom cap. If you can’t BYOB (Bring your own boat), do not worry, Boonies Adventures have plenty of canoes, kayaks, and tubes for rent. To register for the Festivus Float visit:      

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The Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam in Cumberland County, Kentucky is the Fishing Capital of the World due to it being one of the best places in the United States for trout fishing. As part of River Festivus, a trout fishing contest will take place on August 21 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Check-In will take place at the Cumberland River boat ramp in Burkesville off of Upper River Street. The longest trout will receive $200, 2nd longest will receive $75 and 3rd longest will receive $25. The cost to register is $20 per person. Those who register before August 14th will receive a custom River Festivus fishing cap.

To register visit:

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The Festivus 5K will feature an adventure up, down, and around Alpine Hill that overlooks the City of Burkesville and the Cumberland River Valley. The Festivus 5K: Head for the Hills is scheduled for August 21st at 9:00 AM with registration beginning at 8:00 AM. All participants who register by August 14th will receive a custom running cap. Proceeds from this event will benefit local non-profits.

Pre-register online at: 

Use a crosscut saw that your grandfather or great grandfather might have used and cut a "cookie" off of a 12 inch diameter log.  The fastest time wins a beautiful medallion and bragging rites until next year.

 

Come and compete in the individual and/or team competition at the 2021 River Festivus. Something for all ages, pre-teen-12 and below, youth-13 to 17 and adult-18 to 100. Teams can be men, women or mixed.  Medallions will be awarded in each age group.

Registration will start at 11:30 on August 21st in front of the Veterans Park pavilion.  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature. 

 

Contact person:  Neal Poindexter, topneal@aol.com, 270-406-0564

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

Subject to change

Check back periodically for updates

FRIDAY AUG 20th

 

4:00 PM

Vendors Open

Upper River Street and Veterans Memorial Park in Burkesville 

 

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mighty Cumberland River Run Racers and Floaters

Packet Pickup and Preregistration

Veterans Memorial Park Pavillion

7:00 PM

The Josephines opening for

The Kentucky HeadHunters

Southern Kentucky Distillery Stage at Veterans Memorial Park (inside the walking track)

SATURDAY AUG 21st

9:00 AM

Head for the Hills 5K

114 Hill Street in Burkesville (in front of the public library)

Check-in/Registration: 8:00 AM

Start Time: 9:00 AM

Awards: 10:30 AM Veterans Memorial Park Stage

9:00 AM

Vendors Open

Upper River Street and Veterans Memorial Park in Burkesville

9:45 AM

12-mile Mighty Cumberland River Run Kayak Race

1304 Bakerton Ferry Road to 233 Gar Wicker Road

Safety/course meeting: 9:30 AM

Start time: 9:45 AM

Awards and Dinner: 12:00 PM (Cumberland County Fair Board Building beside City Park Pavillion)

10:00 AM

Burkesville Academy of Fine Arts:

Riverboat Review Showing #1

Riverboat Stage at Veterans Memorial Park

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Festivus Cruise-In

Upper River Street in Burkesville

Registration at 10:00 AM on Upper River Street

Enter to win Door Prizes and Split-the-Pot!

10:15 AM

7-mile Mighty Cumberland River Run Kayak Race​​

1304 Bakerton Ferry Boat Ramp to Burkesville Boat Ramp

Safety / course meeting: 10:00 AM

Start Time: 10:15 AM

Awards and Dinner: 12:00 PM (Cumberland County Fair Board Building beside City Park Pavillion)

11:00AM

Fastest Kid in the County

Veterans Street

ALL AGES WELCOME - Just show up and Compete!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Live music: Frankie Froedge

Southern Kentucky Distillery Stage at Veterans Memorial Park (inside the walking track)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Live Music: Logan Rush

Southern Kentucky Distillery Stage at Veterans Memorial Park (inside the walking track)

12:00 PM

Crosscut Saw Competition 

Veterans Memorial Park Pavillion

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Trout Fishing Tournament

Burkesville Boat Ramp

Awards: 5:00 PM at Veterans Memorial Park Stage

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Casting Derby

Cumberland River Trail Head on Upper River Street Burkesville

All ages welcome!

1:00 PM

Festivus Float

Burkesville Boat Ramp (start) to to 233 Gar Wicker Road (end)

Safety/course meeting: 12:45 AM

Start Time: 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Live Music: Isaac Cole - as seen on American Idol

Southern Kentucky Distillery Stage at Veterans Memorial Park (inside the walking track)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Live Music: Lockwood Barr

Southern Kentucky Distillery Stage at Veterans Memorial Park (inside the walking track)

3:00 PM

Burkesville Academy of Fine Arts:

Riverboat Review Showing #2

Riverboat Stage at Veterans Memorial Park

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Live Music: Dustin Lee Martin

Southern Kentucky Distillery Stage at Veterans Memorial Park (inside the walking track)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Live Music: Carvin Walls

Southern Kentucky Distillery Stage at Veterans Memorial Park (inside the walking track)

Local Businesses Extended Hours:

Bill Guffey Art Studio and Gallery Open House

Burkesville Square

Friday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Annie Rubies Cafe

Burkesville Square

Friday: Open for Dinner

Call 270-864-2664 for more information

SUNDAY AUG 22ND

Homecoming

To wrap up the Festivus we encourage both locals and visitors to invite your friends and family for a homecoming at one of our churches in Burkesville.

Click here for a link to a map of our local churches: