Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of admission for Ernest Day?

Ernest Day is a free event put on by Montgomery Bell State Park and the Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park volunteer group.  Both organizations accept donations to support the park and programs like Ernest Day.  To donate, go to Montgomery Bell State Park or Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park.

What actors will be at Ernest Day?

The lineup of cast and crew from Ernest Goes To Camp and other Ernest projects varies from year to year.  We often do not know who will be able to come until just days before.  We will try to provide updates for those who have committed to attend prior to the day.

Currently scheduled to appear at Ernest Day 2024:

This lineup is subject to change based on guests' schedules and availability.

Is there food available at Ernest Day?

Several food trucks will be on hand at Ernest Day.  We may not be able to announce all the trucks that will be there or their menus prior to the day.

Can I buy a Kamp Kikakee shirt?

Shirts and other Ernest Day merchandise are exclusively available in person at Ernest Day or at the Montgomery Bell State Park office (while supplies last).  Unfortunately we are unable to take online, mail, or phone orders.

When will Ernest Day be next year?

The date for next year’s Ernest Day will be announced at each Ernest Day.  It typically takes place the second Saturday in June.  Watch our home page for any updates or announcements.

Can I sell my Ernest merchandise at Ernest Day?

We do not currently permit outside vendors to transact at Ernest Day other than those that have been approved such as food trucks or partner organizations.

Where is the best place to stay for Ernest Day?

There are a variety of hotels in Dickson, Tennessee and other communities near Montgomery Bell State Park.  You may also consider The Lodge at Montgomery Bell or one of their lovely cabins.  The park also has a campground for tent or RV camping.  Because Ernest Day occurs during peak camping season, we recommend making your reservations a year in advance.

What does the money made at Ernest Day go toward?

The proceeds made from the sale of merchandise, partnering vendors, and donations goes to support Montgomery Bell State Park, the Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park, and the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Is _______ permitted at Ernest Day?

Since Ernest Day takes place at a Tennessee State Park, please refer to their FAQ page for any questions about accessibility and allowances within the park.

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