Pikeville Working to Become a Kentucky Trail Town

The City of Pikeville is working through the Kentucky Department of Tourism towards receiving certification as a Kentucky Trail Town. Pikeville City Tourism and the Pikeville Main Street Program, Inc. recognize the tremendous opportunity and movement toward outdoor recreation activities to help boost the economy, encourage physical fitness and to promote our natural resources. As described by the Kentucky Department of Tourism every region in Kentucky has significant natural resources that are intertwined with quaint picturesque communities rich with opportunity for tourism development.

One of Eastern Kentucky’s and Pikeville’s natural resources is the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. The Levisa Fork is known as a Blue Water Trail destination providing activities along the river for water enthusiasts, residents and tourists. The river will be featured as the place of destination in Pikeville’s upcoming Trail Town certification process. The whole community of can benefit from these vast resources by providing outdoor adventure seeks connections to land and water trails as well as the welcoming hospitality found in the traditional downtown shops and restaurants known as the Main Street district.

In addition to their enjoyment of outdoor adventure, trail users also want to shop, take in theatrical and musical performers, purchase Kentucky crafted souvenirs, stay overnight and visit other attractions. By connecting these resources, your town can become a certified “Trail Town” community. Pikeville Tourism and Main Street’s desire is to make an adventure complete by highlighting our trails and downtown opportunities. Any trail, long or short, is a valuable asset to a community. A trail can provide recreation for people of all ages and fitness levels and offers the chance to study nature or local history.

Pikeville’s application process will continue thru early September and will be submitted to Kentucky Tourism for review with the hope of becoming Kentucky Trail Town soon to follow.

How You Can Help

On Saturday, April 1st, Pikeville Tourism will begin with a River Cleanup Day as the first event in coordination of the certification process. Anyone interested in participating in the cleanup event please meet at Texas Roadhouse as 10:00. For more information contact: Tourism Director, Andy Linton (andy.linton@pikevilleky.gov) and Minta Trimble, Pikeville Main Street Director (minta.trimble@pikevilleky.gov)

5 Goofy Hillbilly Days Events To Look Forward To

Hillbilly Days is not just about hillbillies and food. It is also about the many unique events that makes this great festival stand out. Here is our list of 5 goofy and entertaining events we are looking forward to at this year’s Hillbilly Days, which is scheduled for April 20-22, 2017.

5. 3 Stages of Live Music
Throughout the Hillbilly Days festival, from Thursday to Saturday, music from a multitude of genres can be found across Pikeville City. While this is not exactly goofy, the variety alone makes it something to be experienced. One could enjoy everything from bluegrass to metal music, cover bands to overall clad country performers.  This year, there will be 3 stages of live music. Stages will be located in the Pikeville City Park, the East KY Expo Center Billy Johnson Stage off Main St., and beside the historic Pike County Courthouse on the corner of Main St. and Division St. Each of these stages will be hosting music throughout the event.

4. Hillbilly Carnival
Another fixture of Hillbilly Days is the carnival. Located in the Riverfill Area area and Riverfill 10 parking lot, one could expect plenty of rides, games, funnel cake, and lots of fun. One could also expect carnival staples such as the ferris wheel, carousel, fun slide, and much more.

3. Hillbilly Parade
The Hillbilly Parade is truly something to behold. Featuring all the trappings of a traditional parade, such as floats, marching bands and candy throwers, the Hillbilly Days parade has a flavor that truly sets it apart. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Hillbilly Days parade are the hillbilly cars known as jalopies. These cars and trucks, which look like vehicles resurrected from the dead, each have a character of their own that makes them as much a work of art as an eye sore. Taking place on Hambley Blvd. on the last day of Hillbilly Days, Saturday, April 22rd, the Hillbilly Days parade is a must-see, goofy event.

2. Pig Drop
Last, but definitely not least, is a brand new event coming this year, the Pig Drop. Think of it as a big game of Bingo or Roulette. There’s a big panel set out, decorated with some numbers and it cost $20 to pick a square. Participants who pay for a square in the panel have to wait for a pig to pick a square to, well, drop their business. Whoever chose the correct square is the “winner”. Proceeds from this event will go to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Lexington, KY, and will take place at the East Kentucky Expo Main Street entrance.

1. Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton with Special Guests Brent Cobb will be performing at the East Kentucky Expo Center, Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, 2017. This very special performance will be held during the 2017 Hillbilly Days festival, with shows beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Hillbilly Days 2017Hillbilly Days Hillbilly Days is Kentucky’s second largest festival! Every year, hillbillies from all walks of life migrate to Pikeville City for three days of fun, friends, fiddlin’ and food! Hillbilly Days is a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington KY.
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