The Rollercoaster Fair in Kentucky, started in 1986 by Sarah Ann Bowers, is one of her proudest accomplishments. Ms. Bowers wanted to improve the beautiful Cordell Hull Highway and needed to prove that this road was well traveled. Therefore in 1986, she put a fair on the Cordell Hull Highway and in 2001, over 140,000 visitors traveled to the Rollercoaster Fair! To celebrate their ten year anniversary, the attendance surpassed that of the Kentucky Derby and today Hwy. 63, a Kentucky Scenic Byway, is a road well traveled and has been greatly improved, due to Ms. Bowers persistent efforts. Ms. Bowers also was instrumental in bringing the Rollercoaster Fair into Tennessee in 2002 - bringing it down to Tennessee from Hwy 63 through Clay County and Celina, Overton County and Livingston, and to Pickett County and Byrdstown. This year the Rollercoaster Fair route has been extended to go completely around Dale Hollow Lake - north on Hwy. 111 to the Tennessee/Kentucky state line in Static - and then north on Hwy. 127 to Clinton County and Albany, west onto Hwy. 90 through Cumberland County and Burkesville, Metcalfe County and Summer Shade, then back to Glasgow, Kentucky.

The Cordell Hull Parkway is a fifty-seven mile ribbon of road that threads through a most scenic and historical route from Mammoth Cave to the Tennessee state line.

In 1935, the Kentucky and Tennessee legislatures designated the route connecting Mammoth Cave and the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in honor of Cordell Hull as a tribute to his services to the nation.

Hull, a Tennessee native of Pickett County, had a successful law practice in nearby Celina, Gainesboro and Carthage, Tennessee. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1907-31. He served many years as a U.S. Senator, beginning in 1931. As Secretary of State under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hull became known universally as "The Father of The United Nations," an achievement for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945.

First built in 1805, the winding roller coaster highway serves the special needs of the Roller Coaster Fair beginning at Mammoth Cave National Park (Hwy 70) to Cave City (Hwy 90) to Glasgow, where it converges with Hwy 63. Barren and Monroe countians share KY 63 from Glasgow to Tompkinsville, then Hwy 163 to the Tennessee state line by way of Temple Hill, Freedom, Mount Hermon, Mud Lick, Tompkinsville, Moores Mill and Hestand. At the state line near Moss, TN, this historic roadway converges with TN 52, destined to Celina and beyond.

This year, for the third time, the Roller Coaster Fair route has been extended to go completely around Dale Hollow Lake north on Hwy. 111 to the Tennessee/Kentucky state line in Static and north on Hwy. 127 to Albany/Clinton County, west onto Hwy. 90 through Burkesville Cumberland County and Summer Shade, Metcalfe County Kentucky back to Glasgow Kentucky.

This is the Rollercoaster Route.

Chamber Contacts for More Information:
Albany-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce
Tel: (606) 387-2051 •

Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce
Tel: (931) 864-7195 •

Cave City Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 270-773-5159 •

Clay County Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 931-243-3338 •

Cumberland County, KY Chamber of Commerce/Tourism Commission
Tel: 270-864-5890 •

Glasgow-Barren County Tourist Commission
Tel: 270-479-7259 •

Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce
Toll-Free: 800-876-7393 •

Tompkinsville-Monroe County Tourism
Tel: 270-487-1314 •

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