PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The annual Hillbilly Days in downtown Pikeville, Ky. will be held April 21 – April 23, 2016.
One of the state’s largest festivals, it started back in 1977. Pike County and the surrounding region has been celebrating Hillbilly Days for 39 years. This nationally known annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
There will be live music at different venues during the event, which has a variety of performers including Bluegrass, Country and more. The three stages are located at Pikeville City Park, at the outdoor stage of the East Ky. Expo Center and beside the historic Pike County Courthouse.
Artists and craftspeople showcase their talents and sell their handiwork amidst mountain music, clogging, and square dancing. Men, women and youngsters pick and grin while trying to outdo each other with their wild hillbilly outfits.
The carnival begins April 20th, with the festival scheduled for the next three days and is located on the Riverfill. A $20 armband lets you ride all day.
Every year, hillbillies from all walks of life migrate to Pikeville for three days of fun, friends, fiddlin’ and food.
Award winning country music singer and actor Dwight Yoakam is coming to the East Kentucky Expo Center, Saturday, April 16.
“We’re so excited to bring Dwight back home to Eastern Kentucky, looking to have a fantastic show for the Kickoff to Hillbilly Days” said Expo GM Cindy Collins. “This is Dwight Yoakam’s first appearance to the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center.” Lee Ann Womack will be the warm-up artist for Yoakam, who was born in Pikeville, Ky.
On Saturday at 2:00 p.m. the annual Hillbilly Day’s Parade will be held.
For more information on the event, contact the Pike County Tourism office or go to their web-site at TourPikeCounty.com.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)