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newyears statepark 300KENTUCKY (12/1/12) – The Kentucky State Parks are gearing up for 2013 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state.
 
A dinner buffet, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options Dec. 31 at the parks. Many parks are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals.
 
Here is a listing of parks hosting New Year’s Eve events Dec. 31, or other events near that date. For more details and park information, visit www.parks.ky.gov. All events are Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted.
 
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
New Year’s Eve Party
Barren River Lake State Resort Park invites you to ring in the 2013 New Year with us Dec. 31. Sit down to a delicious prime rib buffet in the Driftwood Restaurant, then go dance the night away as we ring in the New Year with DJ Cindy Cossey from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. We’ll also have the big screen up again this year to watch the ball drop and have our own balloon drop at midnight. Appetizers, refreshments, and party favors provided during dance. A Lodge Package for $169.95 plus tax and tip includes one night lodging Monday night, Monday night dinner, dance, and Tuesday morning breakfast for two. Make your lodging reservations by Dec. 15 for an early bird rate. A cottage package for $299.95 plus tax and tip is also available. The dinner and dance only for two is $85 plus tax and tip. The dance only is $20 per person. For more information or to make reservations call 1-800-325-0057.
 
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Comedy in the Parks!
Join Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park for an evening of extravagant dining and comedy entertainment. Louisville stand-up comedian Mike Nilsson will perform. Afterwards, stay for music and bring in the New Year with the ones you love. We'll have the dance floor in place and the large projection TV showing you what's going on around the country when the clock strikes midnight. The dinner and show is $55 per couple plus tax. A package that includes one night’s lodging is $134.95 plus tax. For information and reservations, call 1-800-443-7008.
 
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
New Year’s Eve Special
Need to relax for the holidays? Experience serenity and peace as you bring in the New Year in Buckhorn Lake’s tranquil mountain vista setting. On New Year’s Eve, a special lodge rate of $50 (based on double occupancy in a lodge room) is being offered. There will be special plated dinners offered from 5-8 p.m. in the dining room. You may choose from a choice of mixed grill (tender chicken breast with a petite rib-eye), tossed salad, side and dessert for $25 a person or seafood platter, sides, and dessert for $14 a person. Dinner prices do not include tax or gratuity. Start your 2013 resolutions off right with a first-day walk or hike around the park as part of several activities that will be offered. Call the park at 1-800-325-0058 for more information.
 
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
New Year’s Eve Bash and New Year’s Day Hike
Bring your special someone for a night of entertainment and relaxation at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The annual New Year’s Eve Bash is 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dance music will be played by local favorite DJ Jeff Petrey of Radio Active Sounds. The park is offering a special package for $164.95. It includes dinner, dance, a lodge room and brunch for two. There’s also a cottage package available for $194.95 that includes a cottage, dinner, dance and breakfast for two. On Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Cumberland Falls will participate in a national event called First Day Hikes, which is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles at America’s state parks. Contact Pam Gibson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.
 
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville
New Year’s Eve Party
Enjoy the music of the Klassyc Times Band with tunes from Motown, classic rock, the blues and top 40. A dinner and dance package is available for $84.95 per couple or $25 per person for the dance only. A lodging package for two that includes the dinner, dance, lodge room and breakfast is available for $179.95. Call 1-800-325-2282.
 
General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
Candlelight Dinner at Two Rivers Restaurant
Visit General Butler State Resort Park for a special prime rib buffet at Two Rivers Restaurant from 5-9 p.m. Alcoholic beverages will be available. The buffet dinner is $19.95 a person. Lodge rooms are also available for $59.95. For information, call 1-866-462-8853.
 
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
New Year’s Eve Party
The Friends of Greenbo Lake will host a New Year’s Eve Party at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets in advance by contacting Deloris Bentley at 606-922-3545 or Bobby Allen at 606-923-8800. Advance tickets are $30 per single/$50 per couple. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $35 per single/$60 per couple. Lodging is available at Greenbo Lake’s Jesse Stuart Lodge for $49.95. Guests must call the park for lodging reservations at 1-800-325-0083.
 
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
The Golden Gals’ Holiday Mystery Party, “The Curse of Jessica Fletcher”
Dec. 28-29
There’s no better way to prepare for the New Year than a murder mystery dinner theatre! Enjoy mystery, laughs, suspense, and put your detective hat on as you attempt to figure out all the mystery. Two dates gives you the opportunity to choose which evening you will spend with us. Shows are Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. Buffet dinner and show is only $35 per person and group rates are available. For reservations call 1-800-325-0142.
 
Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
The Sounds of Motown
Bring in the New Year with the music of Diana Ross, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and many more great Motown artists! An overnight package for two for $149.95 plus tax includes a room at the lodge, the 8 p.m. dance, dinner and a breakfast buffet. A one-bedroom cottage package is also available for $179.95 plus tax. Call 1-800-325-0143.
 
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville
New Year’s Eve Special Dinner
Join us at Kentucky Dam Village for your New Year’s Eve special dinner. Served by the plate in Harbor Lights Restaurant, enjoy filet mignon and lobster tail for $39.90 for two. The dinner includes center-cut filet mignon paired with a cold-water lobster tail. Served with fresh vegetables, baked potato and drawn butter. Finish it off with our Chef Kelly’s Desert for Two – a blond brownie filled with white and dark chocolate chunks with toffee crumbles topped with vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped peanuts and maraschino cherries. Reservations necessary. Service begins at 5:30 p.m. Call 1-800-325-0146.
 
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Barkley Bash
Ring in the New Year and dance the night away with family and friends along the shores of beautiful Lake Barkley. All-inclusive packages include overnight lodging in a lake view room, dinner buffet for two, Barkley Bash Dance, drinks during dance, and breakfast buffet for two. This year Top Tier, a high-energy band from Nashville, Tenn., will keep you on your feet during the annual Barkley Bash dance. All-inclusive packages are $255 per couple. Dinner and dance tickets are $175/couple, and dance only are $125/couple. Please note that this event is for ages 21 and older and no outside alcohol will be permitted. For more information and reservations call 270-924-1131 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
New Year’s Eve Party
Special package includes a park-sponsored dance featuring The Phoenix Band and one night’s lodging for $89.95 per couple. A special carved roast beef and crab leg dinner buffet will be offered for $22.95 per person. For the dance only, it’s $30 a couple and $20 per person. For reservations call 270-343-3111.
 
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
New Year’s Eve Lodging Special
Come relax by the fire in Pennyrile Forest’s beautiful fireside room or you can enjoy watching the New Year's Eve festivities on the big-screen TV. The $100 package includes: one night’s lodging, buffet dinner, and deluxe continental breakfast for two. Buy a second night with your New Year's Eve package for half price. Call 1-800-325-1711.
 
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
New Year’s Eve Mountain Bash
Revel to classic dance party favorites from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s and ring in the New Year beneath our balloon drop at the stroke of midnight! We'll provide an assortment of snacks, mixers, and party items. The party runs from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A special all-inclusive package featuring dance admission, one night’s lodging, evening buffet, and New Year’s Day brunch is available for $139 plus tax per couple. Contact the park for details at 800-325-1712.
 
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
New Year’s Eve Party
The park is offering an overnight package for $169 plus tax per couple and includes one night’s lodging, a prime rib dinner buffet, live entertainment from Starr Mountain Band, party favors, snacks and a breakfast buffet on New Year's Day. The dinner and dance package is $89 plus tax per couple and includes prime rib dinner buffet and dance for two. For more information or to make reservations, call 270-257-2311 or 1-800-325-1713.
 
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