Clay Campbell's Kentucky Opry in Draffenville features down-home comedy and country musical entertainment for the whole family every Friday and Saturday night. In addition it hosts special events, A Country Christmas show as well as the Stars of Tomorrow Talent Search Competition. And don't forget over in Grand River’s, KY is Variety! Music, Memories & More a two-hour Branson style musical revue with a professional cast of singers, dancers and a live band at Badgett’s Playhouse.
Murray & PaducahNearby Murray with its renowned university offers symphonic band, choir and jazz band concerts, plays, musicals, operas, and the Clara Eagle Art Gallery.
Nearby Paducah has the Market House Theater, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of the American Quilter's Society where quilters from around the world gather each April to compete in the largest competition of its kind. The sheer artistry on the display here is breathtaking even to the most casual visitor. Paducah is also home to the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center for Performing Arts which hosts Broadway hits theatre, dance and a musical series with big name entertainers and traveling productions year-round.
When many people think of "culture", they picture symphony orchestras and art galleries. In Marshall County, our definition goes beyond the expected. Marshall County celebrates its culture in the living beauty of folk art, the pleasant and peaceful sounds of bluegrass and gospel, and even by paying tribute to the humble sweet potato.
On the first Monday of April, the streets of Benton fill with thousands of people, all who have come to the annual celebration of the sweet potato. Tater Day started in 1842 with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes. Tater Day features a parade, flea market, arts and crafts, beauty pageants, carnival rides, barbeque cook off competition, Tater trot & run, and all the "good eats" you would expect to find at an old time country fair.
The Big Singing, held the fourth Sunday in May at the Marshall County Courthouse in Benton, is the oldest indigenous music festival in the United States. The Big Singing has actually attracted singers from several foreign countries to sing the sacred southern harmony music from William Walker's original "shaped note" hymnals.
July and Summer bring Ameribration, Calvert City's salute to our country's birth with a parade, beauty pageant, arts and crafts, and a dazzling fireworks display at dusk. Several other fireworks displays are held in Marshall County to mark our nation's independence and most are viewable from land or from a boat on Kentucky Lake.
Walk in time
The first weekend in August brings a Walk In Time Antique Tractor, Gas Engine & Modern Equipment Show to Calvert City. Visitors stroll along a one mile paved trail to see workhorses of Past and Present! Also enjoy flea market and food vendors and free concerts in the evenings!
aurora country festival
The Aurora Country Festival, held in October, features a flea market, parade and hayrides in the crisp and colorful glory of autumn. Crafts in the Village at Kentucky Dam Village is held in October and once again in Spring. Arts and crafts enthusiasts from across the country come to view and purchase the work of some of the most talented artisans in the nation.
Hot August Blues
The Hot August Blues Festival attracts local and big name blues artists who perform at Kenlake's Amphitheater located on the shores of Kentucky Lake. The audience enjoys three days and nights of "blues" while eating some of the best barbeque in the South. Visitors come by land and boat to this famous event.
Relay for life
Each year during June, the community gathers at the Carroll Traylor Stadium at Marshall County High School, honoring those who have fought and won against and remembering those who have lost their battle to cancer. The overnight activity-filled event raises much needed funds and awareness of the devastating effects of cancer in the community. For more information on how you can participate, check out Marshall County's Relay for Life Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Relay-For-Life-of-Marshall-County-KY/173178229392878
The sights and sounds of a Dickens Christmas fill the streets of Benton each December while the scents of freshly popped popcorn, gourmet baked bread and roasted pig fill Dickens Alley. The community is community is invited to join in this free event launched by the annual Christmas illuminated parade which takes off at dusk. For more information, see Benton Main Street's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Benton-Main-Street/120811841283618?ref=br_tf
Are you ready to get your Mud On for a great cause? If so, be sure to get in on the fun and excitement of the Marshall County Mud Madness event taking off each May at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville. This 5k obstacle challenge features the famous 'Slide for Your Life' 100 foot drop, Mud Bogs, Days of Thunder tire challenge and the Rope Dangle...all geared to create an exhilarating and awesome challenge fit for the whole family. The event raises funds for the annual Emergency Responder's Appreciation Dinner held in September. For more information, check out the Mud Madness Facebook page at
Marshall County Family week takes off the first full week of September each year with free family-oriented activities planned around the county each night for the community to enjoy. From family movie and game night, to specially planned events at local restaurants and venues including putt-putt golf and fishing at the Clark’s River Wildlife refuge, the week culminates with Family Day in the park, a day filled with a 5k fun run, free activities and food for all. For more information and dates on the upcoming event, see www.mcfamilyweek.com.