The Kentucky Drag Boat Association has canceled the August 27/28 boat races in Livermore due to flooding in the area. Water levels on the Green River are at 16 ft and projected to rise to 19 ft by Wednesday at noon. They expect 15 ft on Friday which is 5 ft higher than they have ever run. Survey pins will still be under water and the conditions may not be safe due to strong current and debris. Even should the river drop back to what might appear 'normal' by Saturday, the "seen" and "unseen" floating debris of the flooding this week would create a safety issue for all of the racing participants who would be racing at speeds up to 170 mph.
We are sure going to miss all of the race teams and it is disappointing to not have "Thunder on the Green" this year, but safety first and always. Can't wait to welcome all of you at next year's event. See ya in Livermore!
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 (KDBA) and you can contact the KDBA at (270) 763-2833 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 scheduled this year on the weekend of August 27-28, 2016. 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.
Click on Thunder on the Green links below for additional photos
The Fall Fest will be held this year at the Livermore RV Park on September 24th.
Click on link below for photos from Livermore Fall Fest Event
(This annual event which began in 2007, was 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.
The Riverfest featured 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 received a collector dash plaque, a 'goody' bag plus a ticket for door prize drawings. Awards included the "Mayor's Choice Award" and the "Peoples' Choice Award" which were typically awarded at the conclusion of the event.
In 2015, this event evolved into the Fall Fest. This year, 2016, the Fall Festival will be held September 24th at the City of Livermore RV Park. See Flyer above.
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)
Every year the City of Livermore has a Halloween party for the children of Livermore, typically from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This year (2016), it will take place at the Livermore Caboose Park. In the event of inclement weather, it is held at City Hall. 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. 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 22, 2015. 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 15th 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, sponsored by the Livermore Lions Club, has been a big event in Livermore since 1989. It is held annually on the second Saturday of December and this year will be on December 12, 2015. 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 floats are judged, and monetary prizes will be awarded to 1st through 5th place winners. The category of lighted golf carts will also have monetary prizes awarded for 1st through 3rd place winners. 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
KDBA Time Trials - Aug 29, 2015 (Courtesy of Paulette Davis)
KDBA Time Trials - Aug 29, 2015 (Courtesy of Tollie Perry)
KDBA Race Day - Aug 30, 2015 (Courtesy of Ann Renfrow)
Taken by Holly Kassinger Johnson - February 2015
12/08 - Livermore Woman's Club sponsored Christmas Tree Forest Gala - 6:00pm at the Mclean County Library
12/08- 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 07:30 pm. All are welcome to attend)
12/10 - Christmas for Kids- 8:00 am to noon at the Livermore City Building
12/10 - Lions Club of Livermore sponsored Lighted Christmas Parade- 4:00 pm set up at Livermore Elementary School parking lot. Parade kicks off at 5:00 pm.
Two categories will be judged
1) Decorated & lighted floats with cash awards for 5 places, 1st - 5th
2) Open Class, which will include anything that is not a float i.e. Golf Carts, Motor Cycles, Horses, Cars, Side x Sides. All units must feature Christmas style lighted displays. Open Class will provide cash awards for 3 places, 1st - 3rd.
12/21 - Water Cutoff at 8:00 am
12/26 - City Offices closed