Mark your calendars for our 4th Annual Kentucky Food Truck State Championship in Renfro Valley, Kentucky on September 14, 2024.  In 2023, we had 36 Food Trucks competing to win category prizes, as well as the $5,000 cash prize for Grand Champion!  Over 10,000 attended in 2023, which included 36 food truck vendors, 30 craft vendors, live music, and Children’s activities.  We plan to have an even bigger championship planned for 2024.



On March 21st, 2024, the Dirt Band will kick off the first leg of their last traditionally scheduled gigs, ALL THE GOOD TIMES: The Farewell Tour. No need to fret, this isn’t goodbye forever, but it will be the last fans see of multi-city runs and long bus rides from the group that helmed the multi-artist Will The Circle Be Unbroken series that featured the likes of Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Levon Helm, and dozens more.

“‘All The Good Times’ perfectly describes our career,” said the band in a statement this week. “Playing our music for Dirt Band fans all over the world has been an incredible experience for us. The most important part of that has been the connection to our audience—that beautiful communal give and take is like nothing else. That’s the very spirit we’ll be celebrating as we head into our farewell tour. We really look forward to seeing you folks. Good times will be had by all!”


With a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, featuring founding members Jeff Hanna (lead vocals, guitar) and Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica, vocals); Bob Carpenter (keys, vocals)—a member of the band since 1979; Jim Photoglo (bass, vocals); Jaime Hanna (guitar, vocals); and Ross Holmes (fiddle, harmonica, vocals); remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played their first gig in 1966 in Southern California as a jug band and by 1969 had become a cornerstone of the burgeoning country-rock community. Their career breakthrough came in 1970 with the release of the record Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy and the single “Mr. Bojangles,” a folksy Top 10 pop hit that brought folk music to the national forefront. In 1972, they released the first of three groundbreaking Will The Circle Be Unbroken records, collaborating with many of the best bluegrass, Country, and folk artists in the world. The band also has enjoyed vast success on the U.S. Country charts with hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Modern Day Romance,” and “Stand A Little Rain.” Their latest album, Dirt Does Dylan—released in 2022—has received widespread critical acclaim.



For Taylor Hicks, winning “American Idol’s” blockbuster fifth season was just the beginning. Hailed as “part Stax, part Motown and part honky-tonk” by The New York Times, Hicks’ intoxicating blend of soul, blues, country, and rock ‘n’ roll quickly rendered him a household name as he progressed to the show’s record-breaking finale in 2006, a historic television event which drew an audience of more than 200 million viewers. Hicks immediately followed his “American Idol” victory with a No. 1 Billboard single and an RIAA®-certified platinum debut, and soon went on to make history as both the first male “American Idol” champion featured on a GRAMMY-winning record (Jimmy Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off), and the first to land a prestigious Las Vegas residency. A versatile artist, actor and advocate, Hicks has since ventured into theater, television and film, starring in Serenbe Playhouse’s 2019 production of “Shenandoah,” touring as Teen Angel in the popular Broadway musical “Grease” in addition to appearing on “Law & Order: SVU” and hosting the INSP series “State Plate,” which won the Cynopsis TV Award for Best Reality Series (Travel). Hicks’ passion for southern cuisine led him back to his native Alabama, where he opened up SAW’s Juke Joint, a restaurant crowned one of the “25 Best Barbecue Spots in America” by Men’s Journal.



The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum will be hosting a Quilt Show on Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am-5:00pm. There is no charge to enter your quilts and each applicant can enter up to 2 quilts. They will have two categories, youth (17 & Under) and Adult (18 and Older) Guests will vote for their favorite quilt and we will have a winner in each category. Winner’s will take home a $100.00 cash prize.

There will be a Quilting Circle that day that anyone is welcome to join. We will also have Quilting Related Vendors on hand that day and Door Prize Giveaways!

Admission for guests is $5.00 per person (Children 5 & Under is Free)

If you would like an application to show a quilt, you can pick them up at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Front Desk or request an application via email at or



The Oak Ridge Boys’ Down Home Christmas Tour Comes To RENFRO VALLEY!

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and timeless sounds in the country music industry, and now The Oak Ridge Boys are bringing their Down Home Christmas Tour to Renfro Valley on December 1st, 2023 for an unforgettable night of holiday entertainment for the entire family.

The show will feature both traditional and contemporary songs from the group’s eight bestselling Christmas albums, as well as some of their classic country-pop hits, beautiful visuals, Christmas trees, falling snow—and a Visit from Santa!

The group has scored dozens of country hits and two pop smashes, earned Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards, and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, they bring decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition to the stage.

“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.”

“Nobody does Christmas quite like The Oak Ridge Boys,” says tenor Joe Bonsall.
Allen and Bonsall, along with baritone, William Lee Golden, and bass, Richard Sterban, make up The Oak Ridge Boys, the legendary group whose appeal crosses generations.
Together they have earned 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus a double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits—with more than 41 million records sold! Some of their best-known hits include “Elvira,” “Thank God for Kids,” “Bobbie Sue,” and “American Made,” among many others.

Parker Hastings Album Release Party at KY Music Hall of Fame

Mark your calendars as we will be welcoming the wonderfully talented Parker Hastings Music back to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 29th from 2PM to 4PM! Parker will be having his Album Release Party so come and help us celebrate!
Parker is our 2023 KMHOF Artist in Residence and has excited us with his talent of guitar playing, story telling, and music knowledge. Museum admission is just $5 that day and tickets will be in person. Join us as we welcome Parker Hastings back onto the KY Songbird Stage at the Hall of Fame!

Muscadine Bloodline with Taylor Hunnicutt at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

There’s a new force making major waves in country music, Muscadine Bloodline. Proud natives of Mobile Alabama, Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster started Muscadine Bloodline in early 2016. From the first time they took stage, Nashville started talking… so now, with two Billboard charting critically acclaimed EP’s under their belt, it’s no surprise the rest of the music world is quickly catching on. The duo’s reputation for high-energy live experiences has resulted in a schedule full of shows spanning from coast to coast. Charlie’s contemporary vocals complimented by Gary’s harmonies and masterful guitar licks make MB a powerfully refreshing mic of talent, passion, and unfiltered authenticity. Infamously undaunted by the big stage, their sound intertwines the brash irreverence of early southern rockers with the seductive quality of 90s country love songs. Captivating hooks heard in songs like “Movin’ On” and the aggressively anthemic “WD-40” stand as a testament to MB’s wide ranging music-making capability. Every song and every show is a moving experience but at the same time, unmistakably Muscadine.


John Conlee at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

John Conlee’s hits have rarely been songs that see life through the hard-fact-hiding “Rose Colored Glasses” described in his first smash record of 1978. Through all the years since, his emphasis has been on songs of the lives of everyday people — middle class, hardworking people, and those who’ve been unable to attain even that level of economic ease. He made a fresh hit again of “Busted,” when country fans might have thought Ray Charles and Johnny Cash had enjoyed the last word on that one. He had us nodding in agreement to the tough realities of “Nothing Behind You, Nothing in Sight.”

“There are more of us ordinary folks than anybody else,” says the big-voiced baritone whose hits also include “Common Man,” “Working Man,” and “Friday Night Blues.”

When John Conlee looks at love, the view includes Harlan Howard and Bobby Braddock’s searing “I Don’t Remember Loving You” — and he has no trouble singing about being on the “Backside of Thirty.”

No-nonsense John grew up on a 250-acre Kentucky farm where he raised hogs, cultivated tobacco with mules, and mowed pastures. He also worked as a funeral home attendant and mortician, and as a pop music disc jockey in Nashville before settling into a career in country music during the mid-1970s. It’s typical of John that he used the returns from that long string of No. 1 hits (four in 1983 and 1984 alone) to get back to farm life himself.

“I spend all of my off-time, what I have of it, with my family on our farm,” John explains. “I enjoy it. There’s no glamour to it. Woodworking, gunsmithing or driving a tractor requires getting grease or varnish all over you. It’s dirty work, but I like it.”

John joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1981. “Back when I joined the Opry, there was not a great big hoopla about a new member coming on board,” he says. “But now, we make a big deal out of it for the people that join. It really doesn’t matter to me. I mean officially becoming a member made it a great night.”

Two decades later, John still stirs the hall to the rafters with his biggest hits, as well as his more recent salute to the families of American fighting troops on “They Also Serve.”

At one time, John raised more than $140,000 — one dollar at a time — for Feed the Children from the dollar bills tossed on the stage when he sang that 1983 hit version of “Busted.” He still collects donations from fans during that song’s performance, currently channeling the money to the benefit of Wounded Warriors. John was instrumental in the formation of the Family Farm Defense Fund. He helped Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organize and entertain at Farm Aid concerts that raised more than $13 million in grants.

John maintains an active touring schedule and still records albums.  He is also a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

Summer Kick Off

Rockcastle County Community Collaborative is hosting a Summer Kickoff at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on June 1st from 2:30 to 6:30 PM. The event is free and kids from newborn to 5th grade are invited.  The event will have Educational Booths, Interactive Activities for kids, Free Silcox Shaved Ice, Face Painting, Music Circle, ID Kits for Kids, and much more.

Noel Night Market in Mt. Vernon, KY

The Rockcastle Arts Association’s Noel Night Market is an annual outdoor event in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky on the first Saturday in December. This vendor market is limited to vendors selling handmade wares, arts, and crafts. Our organization’s first goal has always been to support local artists by providing places where their work can be showcased, creating programs they can lead or learn from, and sourcing economic support for their art works and efforts. This event has grown over the years and now includes several food trucks and vendors, activities for children, the City of Mt. Vernon’s Christmas Parade. The Rockcastle Arts Association continues to partner with local leaders, groups, and organizations to host the Noel Night Market each year!

Come out and bring to kids to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch during the Noel Night Market after the parade! Everyone is welcome to take their own photos.
Santa will be outside of Cindy’s Place, while Mrs. Claus will be inside the Chamber of Commerce building where it is warm. She will be reading books and serving hot chocolate. The Grinch will be on Main Street to greet everyone!


4-10 Ice Skating
4-10 Scavenger Hunt for Kids
4:00 Christmas Parade
4:45 Donovan Howard on Wonderland Stage
5:30 Parade Winners Announced
5:40 Rockcastle County High School Choir Students on Wonderland Stage
6:00 Best Elf Contest
6:15 KY Music Hall of Fame Voice Lesson Students on Wonderland Stage
7:15 Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest
7:30 Jaclyn Bullock on Wonderland Stage
7:30 Best Decorated Vendor Announced
8:30 Best Door Prizes Announced
8:45 CC Allen Conway Cowboy on Wonderland Stage