Historic “Hatfield and McCoy Feud” Comes to Baseball Via the Lexington Legends and West Virginia Power

(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)   The Legends are proud to announce an important community partnership, bringing the Hatfield & McCoy season long promotion announced in April full circle, by taking the historic feud back to its roots in Pikeville, Kentucky.  Giving back to the community is at the core of all the Legends’ ventures and this partnership has allowed for funds from the “McCoy” jersey auction on July 6, 2017 to benefit the Pikeville City Department of Tourism Commission and the Pike County Tourism, Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to raising funds to support tourism in this beautiful region of the Commonwealth, local artists, musicians and historians featured at Pikeville Heritage Days in September, an annual Hatfield & McCoy Feud celebration and fair held in Pikeville, Kentucky, will be filling Whitaker Bank Ballpark with their crafts on July 6th for fans to enjoy and to enhance the large Hatfield & McCoy Theme Night held by the Lexington Legends for the game versus West Virginia that evening.  Descendants from both families will also be in attendance and featured in various promotions throughout the night.

“On Behalf of the City of Pikeville Tourism Commission and Pike County Tourism CVB office, we are very excited to have the opportunity to become community partners with the Lexington Legends and to be a part of the Hatfield & McCoy Feud promotion.  We are looking forward in sharing our heritage and culture at The Hatfield & McCoy Feud game on July 6th at Whitaker Bank Ballpark” states Andy Linton, executive director of tourism, events & special projects with the City of Pikeville.

A press conference officially announcing this community partnership will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 2 at 11:00AM at the East Kentucky Expo Center on the Main Street Plaza of downtown Pikeville.  All media is welcome to attend.

Original release: 4/05/17

(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)   The historic feud between two families that started over a pig in the late 1870s around the Tug River Valley area between West Virginia and Kentucky will again be battled out, but this time on the baseball diamond in the South Atlantic League of Minor League Baseball.  The West Virginia Power and Lexington Legends will officially rename themselves “Hatfields” and “McCoys” respectively, for the entirety of the 2017 season when they play each other.  The temporary new names are just one of the many elements involved in this season long promotion.

Specialty jerseys for both teams will be worn, (see attached photos) resembling 1870s garb with the nameplates showcasing the new names for the Legends and Power.  Jerseys for the Lexington Legends are sponsored by Bud’s Gun Shop and both teams’ jerseys will be auctioned off through a silent auction at each teams’ respective home stadium, Whitaker Bank Ballpark and Appalachian Power Park.  All proceeds from each of the auctions will benefit the Lexington Legends Charitable Fund and the Power Baseball Charities 501c3.  The Power’s jersey auction is set for August 17 while the Legends’ is set for July 6.

“Having an infamous part of Kentucky and West Virginia history come to life at Whitaker Bank Ballpark is so fun and important to celebrate, but it’s also important we make sure that we made it happen with a charitable component, as giving back to our community is always the Legends number one priority!  Very much looking forward to seeing fans engage with this fun promotion this season” stated Andy Shea, Legends president and CEO.

Hatfield and McCoy jerseys will be worn at home in Lexington when the Power/Hatfields are in town on April 15, April 16, July 5, July 6, July 31 and August 2.  Jerseys will be worn in West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park on May 8, June 22, July 22 and August 17.  Each team will also be showcasing a special promotional theme night celebrating the history and traditions of each state surrounding the historic feud and encompassing food, beverages, crafts, and music.  Hatfield and McCoy Night for the Legends/McCoys will be held on July 6 and held on July 22 for the Power/Hatfields.

The “Feud” aspect of the promotion will be tracked by the number of wins each team has over the other, culminating with a “Golden Pig” trophy presentation to the winning team at the end of each series and at the end of the 2017 season.  Fans will have the opportunity to be a part of the feud through social media outlets as well the trophy ceremony at each ballpark by entering to win the chance to be “Golden Pig Presenter” on-field.

Fans wishing to participate in the feud can rally with their respective “family” and purchase the “Feud Ticket Package”, a package that offers fans the opportunity to take in 6 games when the teams are renamed and wearing their familial jerseys; 3 games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and 3 at Appalachian Power Park.  Visit www.lexingtonlegends.com or www.wvpower.com for ticket package information.

“Bringing this iconic feud to the baseball field will be fun,’ stated Tim Mueller, the general manager of the West Virginia Power.  “Lexington has always been our best rival, so we are thrilled to partner with the Legends on a historic promotion like this.  Rarely do you see two Minor League teams working together on a season-long promotion, allowing both sides to showcase creativity and excitement, hopefully on and off the field.  Plus, and I never thought I would say this, we will be excited to win that Golden Pig.”

For more information, about the Hatfield and McCoy Legends/Power Feud, contact Sarah Bosso atsbosso@lexingtonlegends.com or 859 422-7855.  The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League, are back in action on June 1, 2017 Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Augusta Greenjackets, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.  For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit lexingtonlegends.com.

 

Ancient Biblical Artifacts on Display at the York House

The historic York House of Downtown Pikeville, Kentucky, will be the home of the Khirbet El-Maqatir Biblical Artifacts exhibit. The exhibit opened January 21, 2017, and features over 150 items from ancient Israel, Jordan and the surrounding regions. Some of these artifacts are over 3000 years old, and shine more light on Biblical narratives such as Israel’s struggle against Babylon, to the ministry of Jesus.

What kind of artifacts will be presented?
The collection includes artifacts from the centuries before Abraham, throughout biblical history to the time of Jesus. Some of the highlights include:

  • A cuneiform tablet from the time of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
  • An idol from the time of the biblical patriarchs
  • Tiles from the Tenth Roman Legion that destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
  • Slingstones from the period of biblical kings (think David and Goliath)
  • A 4,000-year-old stone bowl from a site some experts believe is Sodom
  • Oil lamps from the time of Abraham to the time of Jesus
  • Many more examples of artifacts from the biblical period

Hours of Operation
Hours are Friday 1-5 and Saturday 9-5. Closed for lunch.

Where to Find Biblical Journey Exhibit

Contact
223 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (606) 422-5952