Smothers Park setting up special grand opening

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - There's still a few months left before Smothers Park in Downtown Owensboro opens to the public, but city leaders are already prepared for the parks grand opening.

The events were officially announced Wednesday.

The city of Owensboro is counting the days and so are groups like Friday after Five who host public events each year Downtown.

"Friday after Five has been waiting nearly 17 years for this moment," said Kirk Kirkpatrick from Friday After Five.

Even though the park isn't finished yet, Mayor Ron Payne says the grand opening events are already scheduled.

"We have three jam packed days of special events which will begin Thursday, August 23rd."

The opening starts with the rededication of for the Shelton Memorial. Then Smothers Park will officially open with the launching of the fountains that will shoot 200 feet in the air.

"Now that we truly have a big park, it will expand several performance venues at the park."

Downtown Events Director Tim Ross says the goal is attracting more people Downtown.

"What we're trying to do as a city is, part of revitalizing, part of the redevelopment going on for years here in Owensboro, is create some attractions that are permanent."

On the last day, an air show will fly over the river for the main attraction.

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