Thunder on the Green, a Kentucky Drag Boat sanctioned event, attracts more than 2000 people each year. It is presented by The Kentucky Drag Boat Association, who can be contacted at (270) 273-5006 or you can check their Web Site at www.kdba.net where you can find all of their latest news. This 2-day event is usually scheduled at the end of August or around the Labor Day Weekend.
The KDBA has entered into an association with Lucas Oil to participate in the Lucas race series. Thunder on the Green is now included in Lucas Oil's list of points races. All Lucas Oil racers must compete in at least four races throughout the year in order to be considered for the annual championship.
At Thunder on the Green, boats race down a quarter-mile track set up on the Green River at Livermore between the Main Street and RV Park boat ramps. The boats take off from the Main Street Ramp and exit at the RV Park ramp. The name of the event comes from the intense roar of the engines echoing across the Green River.
Boats compete in classes based on how fast they can complete the race. Classes range from 7-second boats, meaning the boat crosses the finish line only seven seconds after leaving the starting line, to 12-second boats. The boats race at speeds of up to 170 mph.
For additional 2009 photos, please click on following link: KDBA Boat Races
This annual event which bagan in 2007, is sponsored by the City of Livermore to raise funds for the Riverfront Recreation Complex which includes a public skate park, tennis courts, and a Playground for youngsters. This year it was held on September 28, 2013 and photos are posted on the 2013 News tab. Next year it will be held on September 27, 2014.
The Riverfest features a Cruise-In, food booths, Arts & Crafts vendors, barrel rides, bouncy toys, games, and live music entertainment.
The first 50 to register for the Cruise-In receive a collector dash plaque, a 'goody' bag plus a ticket for door prize drawings. Awards include the "Mayor's Choice Award" and the "Peoples' Choice Award" which are typically awarded at the conclusion of the event.
To volunteer, register for a craft or food booth or for more information, please contact Andrea or Deanna at Livermore City Hall, (270) 278-2113.
2013 - 7th Annual Livermore Riverfest Picture Album (Ann Renfrow)
For the article covering the 2013 7th Annual Livermore Riverfest, click on:
2012 - 6th Annual Livermore Riverfest Picture Album (Ann Renfrow)
For the article covering the 2012 6th Annual Livermore Riverfest, click on:
Rain forced the cancellation of the 5th Annual Riverfest (September 24, 2011) - "This year Mother Nature won", Livermore mayor Sonny Renfrow said. The cancellation was disappointing to everyone, but he and the other organizers felt that it was the best decision, considering the situation. "It's the first time in five years we've had to pull the plug." Once the decision to cancel had been made, organizers contacted several media outlets to spread the word of the cancellation. A few cars still showed up for the Fest and they were treated to food cooked by Team Sippin' and Dippin', a local barbecue and burgoo vendor who had started cooking at 10 PM the night before the Riverfest and was still on-site despite the bad weather and cancellation. The Riverfest committee is extremely grateful to all the sponsors, volunteers and other supporters who were involved with the Riverfest.
Please click the 2011 link below for photos taken in the rain of those car enthusiasts who made the trip, unaware of the cancellation:
2010 - 4th Annual Livermore Riverfest Picture Album (Ann Renfrow)
2009-3rd Annual Livermore Riverfest Picture Album Two(David Martin)
2009-3rd Annual Livermore Riverfest Picture Album Three(David Martin)
2007-1st Annual Livermore Riverfest Picture Album (Ann Renfrow)
(IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Due to the chance of severe weather on Thursday, October 31st, it has been requested by the McLean County Emergency Management, McLean County Judge/Executive & McLean County Sheriff that the City of Livermore reschedule Halloween Havoc to Friday, November 1st from 4-6 at the Livermore City Building.
Furthermore, door to door trick or treating is to take place on Friday, November 1st from 4-7. )
Every year the City of Livermore has a Halloween party for the children of Livermore, typically from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. This year (2013), it will take place at the Caboose Park. Many Community-sponsored booths provide much fun for all involved and while you won't find any tricks at this party, there are lots of treats for the children. There are games to be played and barrel rides to enjoy. All children must be accompanied by an adult and admission is free.
Dorothy & Toto, Harry Potter, and Little Princess
(Click on above links for Halloween photos )
Every year on November 11th the City of Livermore honors our veterans witha Veterans Day Celebration, during which we honor those who have fought for our freedom. Festivities include guest speakers, music and a potluck dinner followed by a parade.
For additional photos, please click on links below:
Veterans Day 2012 - (Ann Renfrow)
Veterans Day 2011 - (Ann Renfrow)
Veterans Day 2010 - (Ann Renfrow)
Veterans Day 2009- (Ann Renfrow)
Below: "Veterans Day 2006"
Annually, there is a Thanksgiving Service the Sunday evening before the Thanksgiving holiday and this year the date will be November 24, 2013. It is sponsored by one of the City's local Churches each year and several of Livermore's Church Communities feature musical presentations. After which, the Church sponsoring the event provides food and beverages. Beautiful music emanates from City Hall that night and the evening provides much fun and relaxation.
"Praise Sing 2010"
Livermore United Methodist Church
St. Charles Catholic Church Christ Gospel Church
Livermore General Baptist ChurchLivermore Baptist Church
See 2010 "Praise Sing" photos by clicking on link below:
Praise Sing 2010 - (Ann Renfrow)
See 2009 "Praise Sing" photos by clicking on link below:Praise Sing 2009 - (Marsha Logsdon)
This annual event is typically held the second Saturday of December and is sponsored by a variety of McLean County organizations, including the Family Resource and Youth Service Center (and all its subsidiaries) and the Ministerial Association. Christmas for Kids, which is in its 14th year, is a spin off of the county's previous holiday help efforts, such as Toys for Tots.
Parents who cannot afford to provide gifts and a Christmas meal to their families can come to Livermore City Hall during Christmas for Kids to do their holiday "shopping" - thereare booths set up with gifts appropriate to all age groups from birth to 19 years. Each participant also gets the requirements for a special holiday meal and there are also booths for stocking stuffers and booths to wrap gifts. All items are completely free.
Event organizer Susie Vandiver explains that the event serves 200 to 250 families (about 500 children) each year. She states that this is a collaborative effort and she is grateful for the community's assistance with this event. Most booths are arranged by age group. There is also usually a booth for books and one for games, as well as a table with winter wear, such as gloves, mittens and hats. The participating organizations collect donations all year and when the holiday season hits, volunteers go shopping for gifts for each age group.
High-school age volunteers help families visit booths to choose items and cart the items out to the participating families' cars. Families can pre-register to attend Christmas for Kids or they can register on the day of the event. Pre-registration locations include:
Parents are asked not to bring children to the event so that the gifts will be a surprise when opened on Christmas morning. For more information about Christmas for Kids, to volunteer or to pre-register, contact Susie Vandiver at the Family Resource Center at 278-273-0065.
The Lighted Christmas Parade has been a big event for Livermore since 1989. It is held annually on the second Saturday of December and this year will be on December 14, 2013. It is a free event and there is no registration fee for any entries in the parade. The only requirement is that the entry be lighted. The entries are judged, and awards include a 1st prize of $300, a 2nd prize of $200, a 3rd prize of $100 and a 4th place prize of $50. You may contact Livermore City Hall to advise of your planned entry at 278-2113.
2010 Christmas Parade Cancelled due to rain
2009 1st place winner> Tammy' Learning Center
2009 2nd place Winner2009 3rd place Winner
Knobbs Church of God of Prophecy Livermore Generl Baptist Church
12/05 - 4th Annual Christmas Gala held in the Christmas Tree Forest at the McLean County Public Library 6pm - 8pm. Entertainment and refreshments.
12/12- City Council Meeting at City Hall - 7:30 pm;
(City Council Meetings are held on a monthly basis, every 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.)
12/14 - Christmas for Kids @ 9am at city building
12/14 - Christmas Parade @ 5pm starting at Livermore Elementary School on Main.
12/24 - City offices open 1/2 day from 8 am to 12 noon
12/25 - City offices closed
12/26 - Water Cutoff at 8 am
12/31 - City offices open 1/2 day from 8 am to 12 noon