Radcliff’s Summer Blast adds activities, concert

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Country recording artist, beer tent added to weekend event

By Amber Coulter

Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall joked he’ll need plenty of caffeine to get through this year’s Summer Blast.

The third annual event is scheduled to include more activities than ever when it takes place Friday and Saturday near city hall and Colvin Community Center on Freedoms Way.

Among firsts for the event is a performance by country singer David Lee Murphy, who is known for the songs “Dust on the Bottle,” “Every Time I Get Around You” and “The Road You Leave Behind.”

That performance is near the community center, and visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

Duvall said this might be the first major concert in Radcliff.

Visitors are expected from Missouri and possibly other nearby states, primarily to see Murphy perform, he said.

Duvall said adding such attractions is important. He said when taking office he was committed to bringing residents together and providing fellowship opportunities.

“We just hope everything goes smoothly,” he said. “We’re expecting a big turnout.”

Many people can’t travel to Louisville or even go to the Hardin County Fair because of the cost, especially if they have children to pay for, Duvall said.

That’s why it’s so important to offer free and inexpensive opportunities to take in a concert and go on carnival rides for 50 cents each, he said.

“We’re just trying to add a quality of life here,” he said.

Area sponsors have helped offset costs of offering so many activities to area residents, Duvall said.

Also new to the event is a planned beer tent.

Plans also include a Radcliff and Vine Grove Guardians of the Ribbon “Think Pink” 5K run at 8 a.m. Saturday beginning at the community center.

The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt. To register, go to www.active.com or visit Radcliff City Hall.

A poker run organized by Rolling Thunder is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the community center.

Rides and events begin Friday with Junior Miss Radcliff and Miss Radcliff pageants starting at 7:30 p.m.

Rides resume at 5 p.m. Saturday and fireworks begin at dark.

Sumer Blast has fast become Radcliff’s largest festival, Duvall said.

He envisions it growing in activities and attendance each year.

“We’re constantly going to add to it and make it bigger and better each year,” he said. “Hopefully, the public will come out and support it.”

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.