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Art Fair and Festivals


The Rollercoaster Fair in Kentucky, started in 1986 by Sarah Ann Bowers, is one of her proudest accomplishments. Ms. Bowers wanted to improve the beautiful Cordell Hull Highway and needed to prove that this road was well traveled. Therefore in 1986, she put a fair on the Cordell Hull Highway and in 2001, over 140,000 visitors traveled to the Rollercoaster Fair! To celebrate their ten year anniversary, the attendance surpassed that of the Kentucky Derby.
Today Hwy. 63, a Kentucky Scenic Byway, is a road well traveled and has been greatly improved, due to Ms. Bowers persistent efforts. Ms. Bowers also was instrumental in bringing the Rollercoaster Fair into Tennessee in 2002 - bringing it down to Tennessee from Hwy 63 through Clay County and Celina, Overton County and Livingston, and to Pickett County and Byrdstown. This year the Rollercoaster Fair route has been extended to go completely around Dale Hollow Lake - north on Hwy. 111 to the Tennessee/Kentucky state line in Static - and then north on Hwy. 127 to Clinton County and Albany, west onto Hwy. 90 through Cumberland County and Burkesville, Metcalfe County and Summer Shade, then back to Glasgow, Kentucky
The Cordell Hull Parkway is a fifty-seven mile ribbon of road that threads through a most scenic and historical route from Mammoth Cave to the Tennessee state line. In 1935, the Kentucky and Tennessee legislatures designated the route connecting Mammoth Cave and the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in honor of Cordell Hull as a tribute to his services to the nation.  Hull, a Tennessee native of Pickett County, had a successful law practice in nearby Celina, Gainesboro and Carthage, Tennessee. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1907-31. He served many years as a U.S. Senator, beginning in 1931. As Secretary of State under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hull became known universally as "The Father of The United Nations," an achievement for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945.

First built in 1805, the winding roller coaster highway serves the special needs of the Roller Coaster Fair beginning at
Mammoth Cave National Park (Hwy 70) to Cave City (Hwy 90) to Glasgow, where it converges with Hwy 63. Barren and Monroe countians share KY 63 from Glasgow to Tompkinsville, then Hwy 163 to the Tennessee state line by way of Temple Hill, Freedom, Mount Hermon, Mud Lick, Tompkinsville, Moores Mill and Hestand. At the state line near Moss, TN, this historic roadway converges with TN 52, destined to Celina and beyond.

This year, for the third time, the Roller Coaster Fair route has been extended to go completely around Dale Hollow Lake north on Hwy. 111 to the Tennessee/Kentucky state line in Static and north on Hwy. 127 to Albany/Clinton County, west onto Hwy. 90 through Burkesville Cumberland County and Summer Shade, Metcalfe County Kentucky back to Glasgow Kentucky.

This is the Rollercoaster Route.

Don't miss our
4th Annual
Bluegrass Music & Folk Art
at Hidden Hill Nursery
September 11th (Saturday)


We will have blacksmith, woodcraft and art demonstrations
beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
and we are looking for more outdoor related artists
Please contact Janet or Bob Hill
We will have barbecue food during the day and
Huber Winery and our annual "Slo-Food" Feast at night

Admission this year is $10 per car load -
and that includes parking!
(even in the neighbor's field)

Our Music Festival includes:

1 P.M. - BlueZenGrass- An eclectic bluegrass group that recently appeared at Louisville's HulabaLou Festival at Churchill Downs. A musical sound phenomena consisting of bluezy tunes, bluegrass music and similar music styles in between.

Potluck Ramblers
Potluck Ramblers
 3 p.m. - Potluck Ramblers - A long time popular Louisville group that mixes bluegrass, country, rock, gospel, whimsy, fun and whatever is left. "Our band name is a great reference for playing a musical banquet, with something on the menu for everyone!"

Dennis Wheatley
Antique Cars

5 P.M. - Dennis Wheatley & Friends -  Louisville group led by the entertaining Dennis Wheatly, whose music roots include Bluegrass, Elvis, Cajun, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb and "Lovin', Livin' and Drinkin' songs".

  7 P.M. - Relic -  A truly kick-ass bluegrass group making its 4th annual and very welcome visit to Hidden Hill. A rousing finish to a great day. Drawing from an array of influences, Relic creates a new, distinctive approach to the traditions of Bluegrass Music, THE definitive American folk genre.