KENTON - The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance and the Gene Autry Day Committee invite the community to a special event. We will be honoring Glen Stearns the founder of Gene Autry Days and celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Gene Autry's visit to Kenton. The celebration will be Thursday, Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gene Autry Mural Park, located at the corner of West Franklin and Market Streets in Kenton.Glen Stearns, who passed away in May of 2013, was nationally known as an artist who worked in mediums ranging from carving to sculptures, and from paintings to beautiful etchings. In 1994 Stearns was named Citizen of the Year for his dedication to the community. The Gene Autry Mural Park was dedicated in June of 2004.
The site was made available by Tim and Robin Carrig, owners of Golden Graphics. Also, funds for the park and mural were donated by area residents, organizations and businesses. The focal point of the park is the mural of Gene Autry riding his horse Champion in front of the Kenton Hardware Company. Painted by Keith Hasenbalg, the mural commemorates the western star's 1938 visit to Kenton.