About the Dust Bowl

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 has grown into the most diverse event in the country.

This annual event is held at Kendell Perkins Park, a beautiful five-acre park in Owensboro, Ky. This has been the home of the Dust Bowl Basketball Tournament since its inception.

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 14 divisions:

  • Men’s Open
  • Women’s Open
  • Men’s 35 and Over
  • Women’s 35 and Over
  • 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.

Only you can make it happen

If interested in sponsorship, competing, or participation as a volunteer or committee member, please contact:

Byron W. Owen, president and tournament director
[email protected]

Owensboro Dust Bowl is a 501 (c)(3c) organization.