Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Updated: 2:06 AM
With the 2017 total solar eclipse happening on the 62nd anniversary of the Kelly green men incident, the community of Kelly will take advantage of the throngs of people traveling to the Hopkinsville area for the eclipse as a way to expand the 2017 Little Kelly Green Men Days Festival.
The festival, which normally lasts two days, will occur from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, the Monday of the eclipse. More concerts will be featured, and more bands will perform. This year's headliner will be the Tim Lynch Band. They will perform on Saturday night. The movie "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" will be shown Friday night, the first time a movie will be shown during the festival.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival, which will take place in Kelley Station Park and Community Center, will go to the Hopkinsville Lions Club.
"With so many eyes watching the eclipse we want to make sure everybody is safe," said Vice President of the Kelly Community Joann Smithey.
Three documentary film crews have expressed interest in filming the events of the festival, including one documentarian from Spain. On Sunday, multiple church services will be at the community center, and gospel music will be performed throughout the day.
More information can be found at www.facebook.com/KellyLittleGreenMen/ or kellyky.com.