Carnival rides, games and live music are just a few things guests can expect when attending the ninth annual Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Kelley Station Park, 7440 Old Madisonville Road.

The free festival is derived from one of the more well-known episodes in Christian County's local history.

Frank Brown, president of the Kelly Community Organization, recounted the story and said Aug. 21, 1955, it was reported a flying saucer landed in Kelly. The farm family living there got into a gun battle with the "little green men," Brown said.

Kelly Community Organization hosts this festival to entertain the community with family fun.

"We have a lot of fun with it," he said. "Every year we have people come from other countries to Kelly because they have heard about this story."

When the fun kicks off next weekend, festival-goers of all ages can enjoy the nine carnival rides Fox Creek Amusement Company will have on site. Carnival rides will be ticketed. The company also will bring carnival games and have concessions available for purchase.

There will be a ticketed alien inflatable for children to bounce around in and a dunking booth.

"It will be like a mini-county fair, but with the inclusion of the little green men," Brown said.

The event will highlight the Kelley Station Park, Christian County's largest playground, Brown said. The 11-acre park features a 38-foot flying saucer permanently on display, a Ten Commandments monument and a covered picnic area, he said.

This year's festival theme is "Let's Have Some Fun!"

"You can come out to the festival and it's all free to get in," Brown said. "You can come out, have fun and be entertained. It shouldn't cost your family a fortune to go out and spend time with another."

The festival also will include a craft fair featuring about 55 vendors selling a variety of wares.

Next Friday, fun on the stage will kickoff with the opening ceremonies, history of "The Little Green Men" as told by Geraldine Sutton Sith, whose ancestor experienced the encounter first hand.

Live music will begin at 6 p.m. with a performance of Glennie Lankford Outdoor Gospel Sing. Still Water, a local gospel group, will take the stage at 7 p.m.

During the festivities next Saturday, members of Paducah Galaxy of Heroes, the area's premier cosplay group, will meet and greet guests. Brown said all guests are welcome to dress up as their favorite characters as well.

"This is going to be really exciting. The group is very entertaining and popular," Brown said, "There are going to be all kinds of characters."

Guests can grab a microphone and try their singing skills during karaoke from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 on the stage.

At 4 p.m., Zack Bales, the Paranormal Roadtripper, will give a presentation.

"(Bell) will be sharing with the audience photographs and video of his trip to Area 51 and the Roswell Crash Site. He will tell us about the close encounter he had," Brown said.

Sith will return to the stage at 5 p.m. to share the story of the Little Green Men again.

A "Tribute to the Little Green Men" will be performed at 6 p.m. by Katdaddy 55. Back by popular demand, The Red Shadows Band will return to the stage for a 7 p.m. performance.

Brown said this festival is not possible without the support of the community. All proceeds from the festival will benefit Kelley Station Park. Brown said there are plans to build a pavilion and community center on the property.

"We have a lot of great goals, so we ask the community to come and support this community-based effort to improve Christian County," he said.

Volunteers are needed for the events. Committee members are already needed to help coordinate next year's festival, Brown said.

"We encourage people to get involved," he said. "We always need people to help with the festival, and it's a lot of fun. You also get a free T-shirt as a committee member."

For more information about getting involved, call Brown at 270-498-8533.

Reach Mari-Alice Jasper at 270-887-3262 or mjasper@kentuckynewera.com.

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