The 4th of July is annually one of the two larger fundraisers for the Three Forks Historical Center. The community goes up to Happy Top Park, Beattyville, KY to see a fantastic fireworks show each year and the museum manages the concession stand under the picnic shelter next to the splash park.
On the evening of the 4th, there were inflatables and water slides for the kids, the volunteer fire departments had a booth selling raffle chances on a gun, local church missions were doing face painting and games, the DJ spun tunes and the Three Forks Historical Center sold concessions. This year the concession stand had rib-eye sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pork tenderloin sandwiches, hot dogs, pop, and water. Once it hit 10pm the first of the fireworks were released and the DJ played music to go with the display. This year the museum took in $1,700 worth on concessions and about $200 on the rifle raffle and glow in the dark item sales.
July 3rd, 2019 Flooding on Museum's campus...
The weather is always something that has to be monitored. The night before the fireworks there was a flash flood and water raced down the hill from Dairy Queen on HWY 11 and traveled in front of the museum to reach the storm drain. The storm drain could not handle the volume of water, and with debris caught in the rapture, the storm drain backed up causing a flooded area in front of the museum and tourism center caboose. The Mayor of Beattyville, Scott Jackson, was on scene that night waiting for the state transportation crew to come to the museum and evaluate the flooding. There were several more flooded areas around Lee County in addition to the museum. The water did not endanger the museum this time but in the past it has reached the front stoop of the building. (Photos below of recent flooding.)
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Edna G. Crabtree
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