Up-and-coming Nashville singer Kristen Kelly has officially been announced as the headliner for Founders Day on Saturday, August 24.
The country songstress' first hit, "Ex-Old Man," climbed to number 30 on Billboard's Hot Country chart in 2012, and since then she has released several other singles, including "He Loves to Make me Cry," "Kiss by Kiss" and "Fire."
Of course, Eddyville has never limited the Founders Day celebration to only one day, so there will be live music in the park both Friday and Saturday, in addition to the other annually held events throughout the week leading up to the festival.
On Friday, August 23, Rusty Tabor will perform in Eddyville City Park from 6-8 p.m., followed by Clayton Quisenberry from 8-10 p.m.
Saturday, live music will begin after the Founders Day parade at around 1:30 p.m., and will last until 10 p.m..
In addition to Kelly, who will perform beginning at 8 p.m., Saturday's performers include Classy and Grassy (beginning at 1:30 p.m.), Tom Peek (4-6 p.m.), and Alonzo Pennington (6-8 p.m.).
Additional performers may be added to the lineup prior to the festival.
Last year, the Founders Day committee set out to revitalize the event, which had shrunk considerably over the last decade, and the 2018 festival was the largest the town has seen in a long while.
"The turnout last year was wonderful," Choat said, "but I'd like to reiterate that it takes people to make a festival. We want everyone in the community to come out and enjoy Founder's Day. People are really what makes it."
Choat also said he wanted to thank the Lake Barkley Tourist Commission for its partnership with the City of Eddyville in putting together Founders Day.