Bowling Green is always geared for fun, but 2020 promises to bring some incredible new events and exhibits to our area. If you're not sure when you want to visit Bowling Green this year, one — or more— of these events might be the perfect way to start your itinerary and build your trip from there.
The new C8 Corvettes are rolling off the line at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant. Starting in mid-March, you can get behind the wheel of one at the NCM Motorsports Park — or see them up close when plant tours resume later this year.
Mid-South Conference Basketball
The Mid-South Conference has made Bowling Green its home for the majority of its conference tournaments. This year, this collegiate NAIA conference is bringing its men and women's basketball tournaments to the newly renovated Bowling Green High School Gym — dubbed the Studle Financial Arena for the March 6-9 tourneys.
Did you know that the Mid-South Conference is home to some of the top teams in the NAIA? As of the Feb. 12 poll, Campbellsville's women's team was ranked No. 3 in the nation; Shawnee State, No. 9; Lindsey Wilson, No. 12; and Thomas More, No. 22.
As of Feb. 19, Georgetown's men's team was ranked No. 1 in the country, College of the Cumberlands was ranked No. 15, and Thomas More, No. 18. Come out and support some great college basketball!
Bowling Green is already known as a motorsports playground because of Beech Bend Raceway Park, the National Corvette Museum and the NCM Motorsports Park. In 2020, we're adding powersports to the mix. The Grand National Cross Country Series returns to the Bluegrass state for the first time since 2013 with its Gladiator event for ATVs and dirt bikes May 16-17 at the new Powerplex Park, still under development off of Glen Lily Road.
The Gladiator GNCC features ATV and dirt bike races, and this race will be the first time these trails will be open to motorized vehicles. We're excited about what the future holds for powersports events for our community!
Midwest League All-Star Game
Meet two Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famers AND see some future MLB stars when the Bowling Green Hot Rods — Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays — host the 2020 Midwest League All-Star Game and festivities June 20-23. One of the highlights will be the Fan Fest on June 22. Tickets start at $10 and admission includes an autograph session with current Midwest League players — as well as MLB greats Andre Dawson and Tony Perez. The Home Run Derby will be later on the 22nd, and the All-Star Game is on June 23.
Other All-Star activities include the second annual Hot Rods High School All-Star Showcase with players from Region 3 and Region 4 on June 20. On June 21, the Hot Rods will host Bourbon, Beer and Baseball at the ballpark, featuring the opportunity to meet and greet some of the greatest players the game of baseball has to offer, as well as sample bourbon and beer from around the region.
Rat Fink Exhibit
The National Corvette Museum's most recent exhibit celebrates a custom car artist and the impact he had on one of Corvette's engineers. Car-toon Creatures, Kustom Kars and Corvettes: The Art and Influence of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth will be on display through December and is included with regular admission to the museum.
The exhibit features cars from builders who were inspired by Ed Roth, such as the Iron Orchid built by Dave Shuten, Gary Reid's Bubble Ray Corvette and a Rat Rod. Visitors will also learn about Tom Peters, retired Director of Exterior Design for the 8th Generation Stingray Corvette, who was inspired by Roth's work. There are even two Corvettes on display that were designed by Peters and used in Transformers movies.
Now that you have six more reasons to visit Bowling Green, find a great place to stay and check out some of our great restaurants. Plus, you'll probably want to do some shopping while you're here! Need more help planning your trip? Just request a Visitors Guide, and we'll get one in the mail to you. Come visit us so you can find out why, in Bowling Green, we're geared for fun!