Bluegrass on Beshear on October 8 | Dawson Springs Progress

The 9th Annual Bluegrass on (Lake) Beshear Pickin’ Life will be held in Dawson Springs from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.

Jeff Smith, one of the organizers, said the event will benefit three pro-life pregnancy centers in western Kentucky. Door of Hope Pregnancy Care Center in Madisonville, HOPE Clinic in Benton and Eddyville, and Alpha Pregnancy Care Center in Hopkinsville.

“We have two objectives for organizing this event. One is to fundraise for pregnancy care centers because that’s the only way they can continue to operate,” he said. “The other thing we’re trying to do is publicize their abilities and what they do.”

The three pregnancy centers support mothers and fathers throughout pregnancy and the first two years of the child’s life. They also provide ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and STD tests.

“They’re non-judgmental and they’re there to support women and men who feel they’re struggling,” Smith said.

They also provide clothing, diapers, cribs, car seats and other items at no cost to people who receive assistance. Although they require parents to attend classes to earn money to purchase these items. Some of the courses they offer are how to parent, how to take care of a baby, and teach men how to be a dad.

Smith said that if a woman decides to have an abortion, although she does not refer patients, she does offer post-abortion recovery classes.

“I think it’s been a neglected part of our culture for a long time,” he said.

Representatives from each of the organizations will be on hand on October 8 to speak to guests and answer their questions.

Smith said they will have live performances from all kinds of bands, from bluegrass and blues/rock to inspirational and gospel.

There will be a raffle throughout the evening, the last for larger items. Raffle tickets are $5 each. They can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance at pregnancy centers.

Raffle items include one night’s accommodation and golf for four with cart at Pennyrile State Resort Park, Newsom’s Ham gift basket in Princeton, O’Charly’s gift basket, two $25 gift cards at the Casey Jones Distillery, a six-month family pass at the Christian County YMCA, a one-year individual pass at the Hopkins County Family YMCA, two day passes at Holiday World / Splashin’ Safari, a $25 Food Giant gift card and a gift card to Fiesta Acapulco at Dawson Springs.

The biggest prizes include $500 cash, an Ashley recliner and two tickets to the UK soccer game against Louisville on Nov. 26.

Food and drink will be sold during the event, but guests can bring their own. The Madisonville Knights of Columbus Council will be making Lemon Shakeups and selling them during the day.

Calhoun’s Meats also donated a whole pig. They will cook it and sell it at the event.

Several people in Hopkinsville donate hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst. The Hopkinsville Chik-fil-a also donated chicken nuggets.

For the third year, the event has a donor offer to match the first $12,000 raised. Smith said 100% of the money raised is split evenly between the three centers.

The event will take place at 307 Island Cove Lane in Dawson Springs. For more information on the event, visit the Bluegrass on Beshear Facebook page.

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