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EVENTS This is not an all inclusive list of events. Visit or call Barbourville Tourism at 606-545-9674 for the most up-to-date list of events in Barbourville and for more information on these listed. April 12: Redbud Warm-up Ride June 14-15: Barbourville BBQ Cook-Off April 6: Knox Street Thunder Knox Street Thunder has a little something for everyone, not just the car enthusiasts. "Knox Street Thunder is a little different than a car show," said Scot Clouse, event organizer. "It's not really about giving out trophies or anything, it's more so car enthusiasts can just have a place to hang out together and that sort of thing." Clouse said Knox Street Thunder helps to promote local businesses. "We try to promote our downtown stores," he said. "We're trying to bring business back to downtown and this is one of the ways we try to draw people back in the area." Knox Street Thunder is held the first Saturday of every month from April through October at the court square from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Date TBA: Cumberland River Challenge "We just want people to come out, eat and have a good time," said Denise Wainscott, Barbourville Tourism Director. The Barbourville BBQ Cook-Off and Festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event where over 30 teams from across the country will have a chance to show off their cooking skills and com- pete for a cash prize and bragging rights. For more information, call 606-545-9674 or visit the Barbourville Tourism Facebook page. September 21-22: Battle of Barbouville reenactment The Cumberland River Challenge is an annual race that is aimed at offering an attraction to fans of canoe- ing and kayaking, as well as promoting the concept of adventure tourism. The race is sponsored by Union College, U-Canoe, Appalachian Wilderness Club and Barbourville Tourism. The Cumberland River Challenge consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner- level rapids, with five class- es of boats — tandem and solo canoes, kayaks, high- performance kayaks and paddleboards. Barbourville Tourism Assistant Director Scot Clouse said the annual race brings participants from all over the southeast region of the United States. “We have competitors from multiple states,” he said. “We usually have competitors from Georgia, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia, Ohio and, of course, Kentucky.” The Battle of Barbourville is a historic event where the Civil War claimed its first casualties on both sides in Kentucky. The public is invited to attend a reenact- ment of the battle and slip back in time to the day when 30 Barbourville Home Guards took a stand and tried to repel 800 advancing Confederate troops attempting to destroy Camp Andy Johnson, a Union recruiting camp located in the city. The annual Battle of Barbourville Civil War reenactment is slated for the third week- end in September. The battlefield will be staged at Minton Hickory Farm, located a quarter-mile past Barbourville on KY 225 South. The Times-Tribune • Community Guide 2019 — Page 47