Thousands of people converge on Pike County this weekend for the 37th annual Hillbilly Days Festival. It will feature crafts, food, and games plus a good dose of Appalachian heritage in downtown Pikeville. Some 300 vendors have set up for the event. Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Jared Arnette says it’s a time to show their pride and products.
“You know we get to celebrate our culture, our history, our background at the same time showcase our community. The mountains are beautiful right now. They’re starting to turn green. It’s just a beautiful spring time to have a large crowd here in our area and showcase all that we have to offer,” said Arnette.
The Hillbilly Days Festival includes a carnival and four stages for musical acts. Arnette says some of the proceeds always go to Shriners Hospital in Lexington.
“You know we have an agreement with the Shriners on how we split the revenues. And we were glad to donate last year 82 thousand dollars. Nearly 800 thousand dollars over the last 20 years has gone to the Shriners Hospital in Lexington,” added Arnette.
Hillbilly Days Festival runs through Saturday.