Charlie DanielsMADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/25/19) — The city of Madisonville has lined up some big acts for Friday Night Live events, 4thFest and Praise in the Park.

Mayor Kevin Cotton said during a recent Madisonville Tourism City Council/Tourism Advisory Board meeting the goal this year is to have fewer events with entertainment that would likely draw more tourism to the area. The city plans to spend 25 percent of its share of restaurant tax funds on entertainment and the rest on projects.

Known worldwide for its southern rock and bluegrass tunes, the Charlie Daniels Band is booked to perform during Madisonville’s 4thFest at Madisonville City Park in July, city spokeswoman Skylar Phaup said. Daniels is best known for his No. 1 hit “The Devil went Down to Georgia.”

In addition, the city plans to spend $9,000 on fireworks, compared to last year’s show of $7,500.

Last week, Madisonville City Council approved an ordinance amendment related to the current fiscal year restaurant tax income and expenditure, from $1.5 million to $2.06 million. The mayor notified the council earlier this month the tourism-related expenditures were over budget as of Dec. 31.

Restaurant tax funds for this fiscal year through June 30 are depleted due to expenses related to work at Mahr Park for playground equipment and dog park, city officials said. The tourism board opted to move expenses related to salaries paid to Skylar Phaup and former community development director Summer Crick to the city’s general fund in order to support groundwork for upgrades at Festus Claybon Park. Parks Department Superintendent Jeff Duvall indicated city workers are ready to resurface two basketball courts and add lighting and fencing.

The city budgeted $75,000 for the upcoming June 14 Friday Night Live, which will highlight veterans in celebration of Flag Day. The act for the event has not yet been announced, pending a signed contract, Phaup said.

The group, For King and Country, is lined up to perform July 6 at Praise in the Park. Grand Funk Railroad will headline the July 19 Friday Night Live. In addition, The Gap Band and Sister Sledge will be featured during the Aug. 2 Dust Bowl event.

Phaup said the city plans a larger stage area to accommodate more people. They also plan to expand the beer garden to include regional wine and spirits vendors.

The mayor said he is working with Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfiled and the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission on funding a sports complex.

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