little green men2 300CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (3/21/17) — The Kelly Community Organization, Inc. is proud to announce their partnership with the Hopkinsville chapter of the Lions Club during the 2017 Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival.

The Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival is the Kelly Communities annual fundraiser towards the goal of completing their new park, Kelley Station Park, as well as other upgrades to their community. However, in their tradition of giving back to the community, they also choose a charity each year to share the profits of the festival with. Festival Chairperson, Joann Smithey, stated "While thousands of eyes are looking up to the eclipse this summer, we want to make sure their eyes are still safe and working when they look to the Earth again. The Lions Club is known worldwide for their work with eyesight, so we felt this would be a fantastic charity to share the festival with."

The Lions Club was founded in 1917 and is celebrating 100 years of community service this year. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club to become "Knights of the Blind". Locally, the Lions Club assists around 100 Christian County residents get the exams and eye glasses they could not otherwise afford. They also assist with education and eye screenings at Head-start, daycares, homeless shelters and mission locations. At this year’s Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival, the Lions will be onsite to provide brochures and information eye care and how to get assistance. They will be providing free eye screenings to children during the festival and giving referrals if needed. They will also take the stage during the festival opening ceremonies to talk about the Lions Club and again just before the eclipse to talk about eye care and how to look at the eclipse safely. There will also be a collection box for donations of unneeded prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and dollar store type reading glasses. The Lions Club recycles the donated glasses to help supply glasses to the needy and to keep the plastic and glass out of our landfills. When asked what it will be like for Lions and Aliens to work together - Beth Morris, President of the Hopkinsville Lions Club stated "We think it will be an out of this world weekend and a roaring good time!"

The annual Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival commemorates an alien landing on the Sutton family farm in the rural town of Kelly Kentucky, just north of Hopkinsville. The festival is held each August at Kelley Station Park, 7490 Old Madisonville Rd., Hopkinsville. The weekend festival is filled with food and craft vendors, rides and games, contests and prizes. Musicians from every genre, local and international, provide concerts all weekend. This year’s festival will be Aug. 18-21, 2017. The festival coincides with the total solar eclipse that will cross the United States on Aug 21. Ironically the Kelly Alien Incident also occurred on Aug. 21 (1955). The festival location is in the solar eclipse direct line of totality and will receive the longest duration of darkness, 2 minutes 40 seconds.

For more information of the festival, visit their Facebook Page, Kelly Little Green Men Days or their website,

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