There are only four weekends left to enjoy the rides and slides at Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon as the season winds down and cooler temperatures arrive.  Each year, the folks at Beech Bend try to make a couple of additions or improvements to keep customers coming back for more. The recent construction of the covered IGA Amphitheater allowed for more live shows, giving visitors a chance to rest while being entertained by some great performers.

If you’ve been lucky enough this season to catch a performance of the new show, Kentucky Calling, then you will agree that Kentucky’s got talent!  The five performers sing the songs of famous vocalists who call Kentucky home from Muhlenberg County’s Everly Brothers to Danville’s Montgomery Gentry and Pikeville’s Dwight Yoakum.  The show gives viewers a chance to learn about Kentucky’s contributions to the entertainment industry, hearing songs like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Bye, Bye Love,” “When You Say Nothing at All,” “Achey Breaky Heart,” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Complementing the songs is a back drop of barn doors, an old fashioned radio and rocking chairs, making you feel as though you were transported in time to simpler days when families gathered around the radio listening to the Grand Ole Opry all the way from Nashville, TN.  One of the performers, Todd Elliot, also wows everyone with his skills on the fiddle and the choreography is perfect during the square dance segments.

The show concludes with an original song titled “We Are Kentucky” that highlights all the great aspects of the Bluegrass state.  The thirty-minute show was performed six days a week during the summer season, but you can still catch it on Saturdays at 11:45 am, 2:00 and 4:30 pm and on Sundays at 12:30, 3:15 and 5 pm. 

Another blockbuster show on the IGA stage returned for its third year in 2011, Beech Bend Superstar.  A singing competition for amateur performers, Superstar contests are held weekly on Saturday afternoons at 2:45 pm with the grand finale scheduled for Saturday, September 3, when winners from each week’s show will return to compete for the grand prize:

- 2 VIP tickets to the Grand Ole Opry
- Autographed guitar donated by PCG Nashville
- 3-day scholarship to the Nashville Music Business Camp (PCG Nashville)
- Free Artist Development CD with Jonell Polanski
- Show performance at Beech Bend Amusement Park in 2012
- An opening act performance for a 2012 IGA, Beech Bend Park and WGGC 95Live Summer Concert
- Free $150.00 membership in the Nashville Songwriter’s Association, Inc. in addition to 2 free one-hour mentoring sessions

Superstar has had regional Colgate Country Showdown winners, state and local fair winners, and other local and state competition winners.  Beech Bend Super Star is a serious singing competition open to all ages.  This year, Beech Bend partnered with WGGC-FM to host each event.

Included with regular admission, Kentucky Calling and Beech Bend Superstar add great entertainment value to the Beech Bend experience.  Make sure to pick up the park’s Map and Show Guide so you don’t miss a chance to tap your toes, clap your hands and cheer on Kentucky’s talent!