If this is true, it is illegal. The fact that some people might get scared does not trump state law or the state constitution. The city, or city officials including the police, do not have any authority to ban firearms at any time, for any reason or for any event. What the city "needs" is to obey the law. Why would people want to return to a city that openly refuses to obey state law. My first question would be "What other laws will they violate and how will that effect me". This event is just the first of several events in Eastern Ky. this fall. Last year guns were illegally banned in some of them. There are threads in this forum about them. I hope the residents of those places, those who attended last year or who plan to attend this year have done something to change this. If people don't understand OC the city would be better off educating those people instead of violating the rights of law abiding citizens of Ky. Time for some phone calls and emails to Tompkinsville. I hope this is good information. I seem to remember you reporting some "No guns allowed" signs in a park in Tompkinsville last year. When I called about, it the City Clerk and Mayor told me I was wrong, but they went out and checked and could find no such signs after spending half a day looking. I felt pretty silly and I had to apologize profusely.
Here is the thread about the Apple Days Festival last year. Jenny Wiley Days is another one.
Your post about the Tompkinsville park is post #40 here.