Plans are coming together for the City of Eddyville's annual celebration of its founding, and something new is in the works that should appeal to local youth.
This year, the Founders' Day planning committee hopes to add a video gaming trailer to the mix, giving children of all ages -- and even millennials -- an opportunity to play some of the hottest console games for free in a state-of-the-art setting. It is still in the early stages of arranging the Aug. 29 celebration, but the entire committee seems to be on board with the idea.
"That will be a good thing for the kids," Mike Oliver, manager of Eddyville Food Giant and a planning committee member, said at last Wednesday's organization meeting. "That might keep them here after the parade and before the entertainment."
One of the biggest concerns for planners in recent years has been keeping local youth downtown to celebrate Eddyville's rich history. It has been difficult to keep children and young adults involved following the parade early on each Founders' Day in late August, say organizers.
While planners are still learning how a mobile gaming center for the day will work, some vendors offer their own trailer with multiple widescreen, high-definition TVs, consoles and custom seating to offer a unique experience for gamers. The idea is to make it free for players.
But a gaming trailer may not be the only thing new for youth.
"The committee is looking to add events focused on children and young adults," said committee member Debi E. Dodd, executive director of Lake Barkley Tourist Commission.
Dodd is also hoping to book a headline act for the evening's for Founders' Day on Aug. 29.
She has been contact with representatives of country music performer Darryl Worley as well as southern rock legends Kentucky Headhunters and Confederate Railroad.
No one had been booked at press time, however.
The Founders' Day planning committee will next meet on Feb. 19 to continue organizing the celebration.