40 Years of Hunters Moon

The Hunters Moon Fall Festival was started by the Grand Rivers Chamber of Commerce in the 1970s as a celebration to bring together visitors and the community. It has something for everyone with crafts, food, music and children’s activities. Families will find the town decorated for Fall and brimming with things to do and places to shop and eat. The Festival is sure to make a great family weekend!

“The Hunters Moon Fall Festival is a great family-friendly event and welcomes the arrival of fall in our little lake village,” Christine Thompson, Executive Director of Grand Rivers Tourism, told me. “The town is beautifully decorated with colorful ‘mums’, pumpkins, hay bales and the autumn leaf colors in the park are spectacular. It's a fun way to celebrate our town's unique and vibrant culture – and a great way to spend the weekend! Parades, shopping from local vendors, delicious fall treats, and activities for the whole family!”

Thursday, October 12

The festival will host the Little Mister & Miss Pageant at the Community Center at 6pm. Registration begins at 6:30pm. The pageant is sponsored by First Kentucky Bank. There is a $1.00 general admission at the door.

Saturday, October 14

The weekends begins with the Grand Rivers Chamber Of Commerce Silent Auction at 9am in the Chamber Tent beside the Chamber Office. You can bid on lodging packages, gift certificates, and local merchandise. 

Craft & retail vendors & Taste of the Lake Food Vendors will begin 10am in Little Lake Park. Vendors include woodworkers, floral arrangements, jewelry, and outdoor décor like wreaths and such, quilts, baked goods, Avon, LipSense, children's clothing.

Children’s Area opens at 10 am with games & inflatables, and registration for the Children’s Halloween Costume Parade begins.

On the Main Stage, Animal Tales Show begins its program at 11am & Meet and Greet the Animals follows afterwards.

Cake Walk begins at 12 pm. Cakes are donated by local bakeries, local townspeople, and of course, Patti's.

Live Music kicks off from 1-3pm. The live music is gospel/Christian music by Billy Griffin Ministries.

At 3pm the Big Parade begins with Stanley Walker as the Grand Marshall.

Winding the weekend down is Dance in the Park with Stanley Walker and his Band from 6-9pm.

The Grand Rivers Trolley will also be running all day on Saturday from 10am-5pm for FREE!

For more information about this event please visit them online at grandrivers.org or call them at 270.362.0152.

Grand Marshall & festival performer Stanley Walker

Stanley was born in Grand Rivers and started playing guitar when he was only five years old. Growing up, he listened to the Grand Ole Opry and dreamed of being there. In 1969, his dream came true when he played behind Jean Shepard.

Stanley's sound is different from any other guitarist because he tunes his guitar to straight E rather than natural tuning. His early playing resembled single string Ernest Tubbs’ songs.
Stanley played lead guitar for Ray Smith and the Rock and Roll Boys from 1956 to 1969. With rockabilly enthusiasts, Ray is revered for his five singles released on Sun Records. Stanley played on all of Smith's songs cut at Sun.

Stanley has produced four country albums and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2008. Stanley is very passionate about supporting Kosair Charities. He spent some time there as a child due to an illness.