Reminder: Poker Run CANCELED!

The annual Poker Run, sponsored  by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, has been canceled. The event, that was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, is the organization’s primary fundraiser.

In a statement released by the Friends said,
“Due to unforeseen circumstances with the Kentucky State Department of Charitable Gaming, the Poker Run sponsored by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park will not be held this year. We regret that this event must be cancelled, but the Friends group is committed to hosting a bigger and better event next year. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.”

Free golf lessons offered Aug. 2

The Barren River Lake State Park Golf Course will be offering FREE golf lessons on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m.
The lessons will be for children, high school age and under.
Course golf professional Carmello Benassi will be the instructor. He has worked at the course since May 2010.
Lessons will last for about an hour and a half.
If children have clubs, they are asked to bring them.
Children must pre-register by calling the course clubhouse at 270-646-4683.

Bass fishing can be successful during the summer despite the temperatures

Despite the cooler than average temperatures, we are definitely in the “Dog Days” of summer.
Yep, those days when you would rather be sippin’ ice tea under your air conditioner, than on the lake trying to find the “big one” that got away.
It may be hard to believe, but the hot summer may be the best days to catch bass.
But, according to Jim Porter @ BassFishin.com, in his article, “Are the ‘Dog-Days of Summer’ just another excuse?” the Dog Days may be some of the best times to catch bass.
In his article, he debunks such myths as:
Myth #1: Bass stop feeding in hot weather.
“It is a physical impossibility for a fish to cease to feed during hot weather. In fact, a bass should feed more during the Summer months than at any other time.”
   Myth #2: In hot weather, bass always go to deep water.
“The majority of largemouth bass on a typical southern or mid-western reservoir might tend to spend their days and nights at a depth range of 10-18 feet, with occasional excursions to the shallow cover areas and food shelves to feed. Bass do not normally go deeper than this during the Summer months. And, 10-18 feet is not normally considered to be `deep’ water.”
“Second, escaping from the heat is no problem for a bass and really doesn’t enter into a Summer fishing scenario.”
Myth #3: Bass have certain temperature preferences and will always adhere to them. 
“A bass usually seems to disregard temperature factors in favor of staying near a food supply.”
“Accordingly, the bass follows the food source as the waters warm and it moves away from the shallow zones.”
Porter concludes by saying-
“One great truism of bass angling notes that “Catching fish is easy; finding them is the hard part.” The wisdom of this statement holds regardless of the season, the waters fished, the angler, and all the fine equipment in the World.”
“We would logically choose an active lure to attract the active fish. This basically describes a diving, lipped crank plug pulled with a fast retrieve. In fact, this type lure has proven to be the most effective method for taking large quantities of largemouth bass during the heat of mid-Summer. The only requirement is that the angler get it down to the fish.”
“Remember, during hot weather, a rapidly-fished lure is always vastly more productive than one presented slowly. Plus, we will be able to make more casts during the day. Every cast is a potential ten-pounder!”
To read all of Jim Porter’s article, “Are the ‘Dog-Days of Summer’ just another excuse?”, just click on this link

Barren River Lake State Park offers guided canoe trip on lake July 25

Looking for something to do during the “Dog Days of Summer?”
How about a canoe trip?
Enjoy a three-hour, guided interpretive canoe trip on Barren River Lake.
Barren River Lake State Park is offering guided interpretive canoe trips this summer.
The next scheduled trip is Thursday, July 25, beginning at 10 a.m.
The park provides canoes, paddles, lifejackets, and the guide.
The fee is $25 per person.
There must be a minimum of eight persons, but no more than 16.
Paddlers must be at least 10 years old. Beginners to advanced paddlers are welcome.
Advanced reservations are required.
Make reservations by calling the park’s Jamie Avery at (270) 646-2151 or 1-800-325-0057.
Private guided canoe trips for groups are also available by contacting Avery. 

Poker Run fundraiser CANCELED!

The annual Poker Run, sponsored  by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, has been cancelled. The event, that was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, is the organization’s primary fundraiser.

In a statement released today, the Friends said,
“Due to unforeseen circumstances with the Kentucky State Department of Charitable Gaming, the Poker Run sponsored by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park will not be held this year. We regret that this event must be cancelled, but the Friends group is committed to hosting a bigger and better event next year. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.”

Further developments will be posted on BarrenRiverblog.com.

Life jackets must be worn for safety

One-half of all recreational boating fatalities happen on calm water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
And, in most cases, life jackets are on board, but not worn.
Don’t be a fatality on the water.
Before you get on the water with your life jacket on, check to make sure that it is correct for you.
- Check the manufacturer’s label for proper fit for your size and weight.
- Make sure the jacket is properly fastened.
- Hold your arms straight over your head.
- Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up.
- Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and the that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.
Try the life jacket in shallow water under safe and supervised conditions.
Find the best life jacket for your needs:
- Auto inflatable (inflates automatically upon immersion or manual activation).
- Manual Inflatable (only inflates upon manual activation).
- Belt Pack Inflatable (inflates automatically upon immersion or manual immersion).
- Vest Type (may turn unconscious wearer face up, good for non-swimmers).
- Children’s Hybrid Inflatable (inherently buoyant, inflates automatically and manually).
- Children’s Life Jacket (designed for possible immersion).
For more information on life jacket use and selection, click Life Jackets.

Guided canoe trips offered by Barren River Lake State Park around the lake

* Been on vacation, but I am back again.

Barren River Lake State Park is offering guided canoe trips around the lake.
The trips are about three hours, and are $25 per person.
The park has enough canoes for up to 16 people. Eight people are required for the tour.
The park provides canoes, paddles, lifejackets, and a guide.
Reservations are required. To make reservations, call 1-800-325-0057.

2014 Barren County Fair July 10-19

The 60th annual Barren County Fair, sponsored by the Temple Hill Lions Club, will begin July 10 and run through July 19, at the Temple Hill Lions Club Park and Fairgrounds on Hwy. 63.
Information about each event may be sought from the telephone numbers next to each event, by calling the fairgrounds at 270-427-4304 or by picking up a Fair Book at locations around Barren County.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 10- FREE.
7 p.m. Open Beef Cattle Show; and 4-H and FFA Beef Cattle Show.(270-590-1438)
Friday, July 11- FREE.
6 p.m. Open Dairy Cattle Show; and 4-H and FFA Dairy Cattle Show.(270-590-1438)
Saturday, July 12- FREE.
6 p.m. Horse Show.(270-427-6350)
Sunday, July 13- FREE.
2:30 p.m. Youth Sheep, Goat and Hog Show.(270-590-1438)
Monday, July 14- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6:30 p.m. Concert by Mary Kutter;
7 p.m. Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull; Antique & Light Farm Tractor Pull.(270-678-2075)
Tuesday, July 15- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6 p.m. Athletic Events.
6 p.m. John Steed Concert.
7 p.m. Bailey Birge C0ncert.
Wednesday, July 16- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6 p.m. Battle of the Barrens Lawnmower Pulling Series.(270-590-0363)
7 p.m. Baby Show, Tiny Mr. and Miss Barren County.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
7 p.m. Little Mr. and Miss Barren County Fair.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
9 p.m. Flat Screen TV Giveaway.
Thursday, July 17- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
6 p.m. Cornhole Tournament.(270-590-0020)
7 p.m. Miss Pre-Teen Barren County Fair, Miss Teen Barren County.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
7 p.m. Miss Barren County, Miss Barren County Fair.(270-651-7255, 270-678-2509)
7 p.m. ATV Rodeo.(270-590-0020)
Friday, July 18- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
9 a.m. Floral Hall Exhibits.
12:30 p.m. Floral Hall Judging.
6 p.m. Coca-Cola Talent Contest.(270-427-8121)
8 p.m. Joe’s Karaoke Contest.(270-528-3526)
Saturday, July 19- $10 Unlimited Carnival Rides, Events.
9 a.m. Open and Youth Poultry Show.(270-678-4550)
11 a.m. Pet Show.
1-2 p.m. Pick up Floral Hall.
2 p.m. Tennessee Square Marble Tournament.
5 p.m. Pedal Pull.
7 p.m. KTPA Truck and Tractor Pull.(270-678-2075)

July 4 celebration at Barren River Lake

Fireworks' sponsor Friends of Barren RIver Lake & Park offered visitors door prizes, raffle tickets and T-shirts. The raffle will be Aug. 2 at the organization's annual Poker Run on Barren River Lake.

Fireworks’ sponsor Friends of Barren RIver Lake & Park offered visitors door prizes, raffle tickets and T-shirts. The raffle will be Aug. 2 at the organization’s annual Poker Run on Barren River Lake.

Gary Pruitt of Glasgow watches his daughter on the playground before the July 4 fireworks.

Gary Pruitt of Glasgow watches his daughter on the playground before the July 4 fireworks.

The Kyle Whitaker Band of Morgantown performed prior to the fireworks.

The Kyle Whitaker Band of Morgantown performed prior to the fireworks.

People gathered on land and lake for the fireworks.

People gathered on land and lake for the fireworks.

Fireworks began about 9 p.m. The show cost was over $7,000.

Fireworks began about 9 p.m.

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July 4 fireworks at Barren River Lake

Fireworks over Barren River Lake will be Friday, July 4, at dark, usually around 9 p.m.
The fireworks will be shot from the bank at Barren River Lake State Park, just below the park’s lodge and tennis courts.
Best viewing, if you don’t have a boat, is from the lawn behind the lodge and around the tennis courts.
Admission is FREE!
The fireworks are sponsored annually by the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park. They will have a booth, near the tennis courts, if you would like to make a donation toward the fireworks or to become a member of this organization that also sponsors the annual Trashmaster Classic in September. Annual individual membership is only $10 a year, and an annual family membership is $50 a year.
Parking is always a challenge for this event, so arrive early. But, if you don’t, here is a suggestion- For a $10 donation to the Friends of Barren River Lake & Park, you can view the fireworks without ever leaving your car by parking at the former beach area, which provides an upclose view of the fireworks. (The $10 fee is per vehicle and is for one parking space only).
Exiting the park has been simplified in recent years, with both lanes used as exit lanes following the fireworks. The south lane (regular exit lane) will be only for vehicles turning right out of the park, heading toward Scottsville. The north lane (regular entrance lane) will be only for vehicles turning left out of the park, heading toward Glasgow. Of course, there will be police to make sure that your entry on to Hwy. 31E is a safe one.
No sparklers or other fireworks are allowed in the park.
For more information on these events, contact Jamie Avery at jamie.avery@ky.gov or 1-800-325-0057.
July 4 Schedule at Barren River Lake State Park 
All events are FREE (unless noted) and open to the public.
10 a..m.- Firefly in a Bottle craft.
1 p.m.- Make a tie-dye T-shirt sporting the red, white and blue. Join your friends at the shuffleboard courts next to the lodge to create an original T-shirt (cost $8; $3 if you bring your own shirt).
4 p.m.- It is the annual Whatever Floats Your Boat competition, where teams take cardboard and duct tape and create a boat that will float (with a passenger) the length of the lodge pool. Teams will race their boats against others for the coveted crown of Best Boat.
6 p.m.- Kyle Whitaker Band will perform classic oldies and country under the tennis courts’ shelter, as preparation begins for the annual Fireworks Show.
9 p.m.- The July 4 Fireworks Show will explode over the lake, courtesy of Friends of Barren River Lake & Park. While the fireworks can be seen from around the lake, most visitors gather on the hillside behind the lodge and tennis courts.

** Quarry Road Recreation Area will close at 7:30 p.m. (regular closing hours) on July 4. Viewing will NOT be available from Quarry Road Recreation Area.