Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days 2017

“The feud is over, let the fun begin!” Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days is coming to Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky, September 22, 23 and 24, 2017! Expect plenty of friends, food, and fun during this highly anticipated event. You don’t have to be a Hatfield or a McCoy to attend, everyone is welcome! There is a wealth of activities planned for this unique event. Check out the information below for more details.

Ruff Tuff Cuss Race 2017

Challenge yourself with The Ruff Tuff Cuss Race, Eastern Kentucky’s Premier All-Terrain Obstacle and Road Adventure! This 3-day race series is fun for all, from the casual jogger to the hardcore runner.

Beginning Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., we have “The Bullet” foot race, a short 2 mile run to the Expo Center Plaza, where there will be fans, music and a party just for the contestants.

Saturday at 8:00 a.m. we have the “The Cuss”. Named appropriately, this race will separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls. This race is 8 to 9 miles of obstacles that will test your endurance, stamina, and will!

Finally, Sunday at 8:00 a.m., we have “The Gun”.  This is a half marathon run thru the beautiful town of Pikeville!

We have awesome medals for those of you that dare to run all three races, with shirts, and other goodies along the way.

Live Music on Billy Johnson Stage

Live music will be held Friday evening, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Pikeville Main Street’s Billy Johnson Stage. Featuring food, a cash bar, various artists and varying genres. Admission is free.

Pikeville Farmer’s Market with the Hatfields & McCoys

Don’t let the title shock you, the Hatfields and McCoys are coming together at the Pikeville Farmer’s Market, Saturday, September 23 for a Pig Roast. This event will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and will feature no feudin’, just family fun. This very special event offers a wealth of fun activities, such as arts and crafts, an apple butter demo, vintage corn mill in operation, candle making, kids activities, face painting, tie dye station and guest vendors featuring local produce. Live entertainment is also planned, with Jason Goble and Jessica Gillum set to perform. Hatfield and McCoy reenactors will be telling the story of the feud while the Hatfield and McCoy descendants host a morning of family fun and music. Event scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23. Held at the Pikeville Farmer’s Market’s new location, 130 Adams Ln., Pikeville, KY 41501.

Taps & Caps Beer Fest

Taps & Caps Beer Fest will be held Saturday, September 23, from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Enjoy the best beer brewed in Kentucky along with live entertainment.

Interactive Lecture Series: Hatfield-McCoy Feud

The Big Sandy Heritage Center will be hosting Interactive Lecture Series: Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Saturday, September 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This event has been rescheduled from August 23, and will be featured during Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days 2017. Presenter Reed Potter will be bringing the history to life with a discussion and Q&A. Refreshments will be served to participants. This is a museum open house event, no admission will be charged, but donations will be taken. This is a great opportunity to share your family stories with others!

Pre-registration is preferred, call (606) 766-1025.

Service at the McCoy Well Site

The pinnacle of Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days, the Service at the McCoy Well will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 10 a.m. This very special event will feature a presentation by the feud descendants, led by William Keith Hatfield, great grandson of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, along with Ron McCoy, Great, Great Grandson of Randolph McCoy.

 

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Gallery

 

Vendor Signup

Vendor registration and setup for Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days 2017 will be different than years past. Pike County Tourism CVB is working closely with the Pikeville Farmer’s Market to host vendors, and there are guidelines that must be followed. If you are a vendor, please feel free to contact us for details:

Director@tourpikecounty.com
Or Call (606) 432-5063

Details for this event are subject to change.

Extension Fine Arts Offers Monthly Art Classes

One of the four main program areas housed within the Pike County Cooperative Extension Service is Pike County Extension Fine Arts, or “Pike Arts.” Pike is one of only a few counties across the state of Kentucky to be fortunate enough to have a Fine Arts program and a Fine Arts Agent at their local Cooperative Extension office. Currently, Pike Arts organizes many arts projects throughout the county, including but not limited to the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City, the Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council and Blood Song theatre project in McCarr, the Appalachian Symphony band which offers free music lessons to the public, as well as playing a major supporting role in many downtown Pikeville arts projects and businesses.

One more project to add to the ever growing list of arts activities in Pike County is the recent start of free monthly art classes at Pike County Extension. Once a month, Pike Arts will offer a free art class to the public for ages six and up, including adults of all ages.

Art class
Garlene Layne-Abshire and her son, Dustin, show off their finished pieces: a bright orange sunset and a yellow-faced ladybug.

“People with all skill levels are welcome and all supplies will be included. The only requirement to join in is an enthusiastic desire to learn and create,” said Emily Nelson, Fine Arts program assistant and art class instructor.

In May and June, rock painting classes were held as a way to join in on the painted rock scavenger hunt craze that hit Pikeville earlier this year. A third rock painting class is planned for Friday, July 28th at 2 pm. Class spots are limited, so early pre-registration is important. While rock painting has made for a fun summer activity, Pike Arts plans to switch it up in the coming months with a variety of different kinds of classes.

To keep up with class schedules and future arts activities, contact Pike County Extension at (606) 432-2534 and request to have your email address added to the Fine Arts announcements database. Interested individuals may also stay informed on art classes and much more by visiting the Fine Arts Extension website at pike.ca.uky.edu/FineArts or by ‘liking’ the UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts Facebook page at facebook.com/UKPikeArts. Pike County Extension is located at 148 Trivette Dr. in Pikeville, KY.

Art Class
Participants paint a red flower and a blue bird on their rocks during the May art class.