Busy summers are nothing new to the Henry County area, but the upcoming summer season is shaping up to be full of new activity. The Tennessee River Jam is returning for its second year with a full list of talented artists and the Water Fun Run looks to welcome participants for an action-packed day on Kentucky Lake. In addition to those traditional events, we will kick off the first annual Cody Nance’s PBR in Paris and get to experience our first full summer with the largest non-commercial splash park in the state.
Splash Park – Open NOW!
The new splash pad features approximately 12,000 square feet of play area with specific zones for family, teen, and youth (ages 2-5) all including aquatic play equipment with spray cannons and ground spray. The new attraction also features a 40-foot tidal tank. The park currently has a replica of the Eiffel Tower which has been a stable attraction to the city for decades. This project is an added destination feature for the area as it also sits adjacent to the existing city pool. The new Eiffel Tower Splash Park is now the largest non-amusement park splash pad in the state.
Tennessee River Jam – June 17th-20th
The Tennessee River Jam is back! We rocked the shores of the Tennessee River June 17th-20th. This 4-day music festival featured 27 artists, 15 concerts, at 8 venues and always promises something for everyone! Visitors enjoyed the biggest party on the river with country stars Diamond Rio and Darryl Worley this year. Opening that concert was Johnny Mac and 24 Seven. Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $75 for VIP, plus taxes and fees. They can be purchased online at tnriverjam.com so make sure you purchase your tickets for next year!
Attendees kicked off the weekend Thursday Night, June 17th, in Downtown Paris with a free concert with The Oak Ridge Boys and spent the whole weekend enjoying great music and delicious food with the best backdrop around! Other venues included Blues Landing, Ace’s Restaurant, LL’s Bar and Grill, The Eiffel Tower Park, Marker 66 and the best view on the water: The Breakers Resort and Marina.
Many artists joined in on the fun, including Evie Grace, Olivia Faye, Josh McKee, Ethan Torsak, Ray Lewis Band, The Paula Bridges Band, Mark Nessler, Lance Miller, Sydney Mack, Chandler Stephens, Levon, Matt Boone, Hotwired, Leight July, Candi Wilette, The After Dark Band featuring Nikki Bobo, Britnee Kellogg, The Trace, and Bethel University Alumni Mandi Thomas, James Mays and Cherry Avenue.
For more information on this annual festival, visit www.tnriverjam.com!
Cody Nance’s PBR – July 2nd-3rd
In all honesty, before we started this project nearly a year ago, I hardly knew what PBR was or the fact that Cody Nance was one of the most respected bull riders in the industry. Getting to know Cody, and his wife, Korie, has been one of the biggest honors of my time at the Chamber. Cody makes it a point to shake the hand of every person he meets and strike up a conversation when he is able. His humbleness is driven by an unparalleled work ethic that finds him on the go around the clock.
The event will be one of the largest to ever tour through Henry County. With national vendors, sponsors and professional riders, this two-day event is something the whole family can enjoy. Thirty-five of the top bull riders in the world, fireworks, live music, meet and greets, and a wide variety of vendors will bring folks from all over the country to Paris, Tennessee.
The Water Fun Run – July 17th
Over the past three years, the Water Fun Run, a poker run on Kentucky Lake, has grown from roughly 450 participants in 2017 to 820 participants in 2020. Participants can start anywhere on the lake with hopes to visit as many of the marina stops as possible. For each “stamp” that they receive, they will be dealt a playing card at Paris Landing State Park during check in. The more stamps collected, the more cards you get, the better chances to win $1,500 in prize money.
Not only does this event serve as an economic driver for the lake community, it is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser for the year. Packets will be available in early July.
For more information on Paris, Tennessee, contact the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce (731) 642-3431 or visit their website www.parisntnchamber.com.