Growing up, I was OBSESSED with Ernest P. Worrell. Watching all of his movies, I saw him save the day from evil trolls and bail Santa out of jail to save Christmas! I even lucked into meeting Jim Varney, the comedy legend who brought Ernest to life, at The Cooker restaurant in Nashville. Little curly-headed kindergartener M-Kat was absolutely star-struck by his sweet smiling face.
My favorite Ernest adventure was, without a doubt, Ernest Goes to Camp, the first in the movie franchise. The lovable goofball portrayed the camp custodian, turned camp counselor assigned to the "second chance" kids and hijinks abound. Meanwhile, a mining corporation plotted to take over Kamp Kikakee so they can tear it down and dig up the ground underneath. I don't want to spoil anything more just in case you want to watch it (and you definitely should!)
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Ernest Goes to Camp was filmed in Tennessee at Montgomery State Park where the set for Camp Kikakee was built. The team behind this event came up with the idea in 2017, and there is a hilarious assortment of activities throughout the day related to the film for fans to enjoy. The Second Chance Kid's Cabin, Canoe Lake, and Nurse St. Cloud's Cabins are open for tours as well as the museum where there will be folks from the movie signing autographs.
* Birds of Prey Program with Ranger Tim 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
There will be free temporary tattoos, stickers, and face painting while supplies last.
You definitely don't want to miss out on the Turtle Catapulting! Just like the turtle paratrooper scene from the movie! Organizers want to assure everyone that no turtles are harmed at this event. Jim Varney would not have approved!
*Nature Hikes will be available: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m., 3:30 pm. - 4: 30 p.m. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. (subject to change)
7:00 p.m. is Ernest Look Alike Contest!
These are some folks involved in the exciting new documentary being made about Jim Varney and Ernest P. Worrell called The Importance of Being Ernest. I will be giving you all the scoop about that in the near future, but you should check them out on Facebook if you are a fan! Varney was an incredible actor and human, which is no surprise as he was also a native Kentuckian!
7:30 p.m. Questions and Answer Session with actors from the Ernest Franchise! Eddy Schumacher (Counselor Stennis), Todd Lloyd (Chip Ozgood), and Daniel Butler (Eddy). (guest speakers subject to change)
Yes, that is a troll head prop from Ernest Scared Stupid! SO COOL!!
At approximately 8:30 p.m. the "Ernest Goes To Camp" movie will be shown outside. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the concessions. They even have t-shirts for sale to commemorate the special day.
Can you believe this event is FREE? They do accept donations to make future Ernest Days even more amazing and to support the park for hosting the event.
I really hope y'all know the joy of Ernest in your lives! His wholesome nature and silly humor made the world a better place. He holds a special place in my heart, and I know there are lots of others out there who feel the same.
"You know what I mean, Vern?"
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