The Oak Grove Tourism Commission held their 8th Annual Butterfly Festival Saturday, September 24.
The event took place at the Valor Hall Conference and Event Center and offered a little something for the whole family.
The event drew in thousands of visitors to witness the release of an equally impressive number of butterflies and let children interact with live butterflies in their Butterfly House or their natural habitat in their butterfly garden.
The only festival of its kind in the State of Kentucky, the Butterfly Festival is one of the most popular events in the region.
Face painting, pony and train rides, a scavenger hunt, bubbles, trampoline bungee and video gaming were among some of the free activities.
Nature focused arts and crafts were also held for the children to create and take home. New this year, they had a dual zip line, a 3-D coloring forest and a petting zoo.
The big event was the release of over 1,000 butterflies on the amphitheater hill. Visitors filled the theatre and crowded around to watch as a white blanket was pulled from a crate filled with Monarch butterflies.
The internationally and regionally acclaimed festival received the 2016 Kaleidoscope Award for best children’s program and won the 2015 IFEA Pinnacle Award for best educational program.