The Dust Bowl Basketball Tournament started in 1974. Its founder, the late Jerry Davenport, had a dream and a vision to bring together people of all races, colors, religions, nationalities, and ages. Today that dream and vision is much more than a reality, as the Dust Bowl Basketball Tournament – now in its 44th year – has grown into the most diverse event in the country.
The Dust Bowl Basketball Tournament has become the most anticipated event of the summer in the tri-state area. Every night is a meet-and-greet with family, friends, classmates, supporters and fans. The Dust Bowl traditionally begins the third full weekend in July.
This nine-day event features basketball consisting of 12 divisions:
- Men’s Open
- Women’s Open
- Boys High School (9th – 12th Grades)
- Girls High School (9th – 12th Grades)
- Boys JV (9th & 10th Grades)
- Girls JV (9th & 10th Grades)
- Boys 7th & 8th Grade
- Girls 7th & 8th Grade
- Boys 5th & 6th Grade
- Girls 5th & 6th Grade
- Boys 3rd & 4th Grade and Under
- Girls 3rd & 4th Grade and Under
The Dust Bowl includes basketball games, music, Gospel Night, Kids’ Day, Community Service Recognition, exhibitors, vendors and concessions. The annual event is free and open to the public.
Owensboro Dust Bowl is a 501 (c)(3c) organization.