What to Expect for the 42nd Annual Hillbilly Days Festival 2018!

The 42nd annual Hillbilly Days festival will be from April 19-21, 2018.  Be sure to secure lodging for the event!

Hillbilly Days was first founded in 1977 by a group of Shriners as a means to raise money for the Shriners Hospital. Two Shriners from the Hillbilly Clan Outhouse No. 2, Howard “Dirty Ear” Stratton and “Shady” Grady Kinney, decided to start the festival in 1976 after visiting a festival in Portsmouth, Ohio. They got a group of Shriners together and they began the festival in 1977. It has continued ever since.   Participants wear overalls and other rural attire while roaming the streets of Pikeville to help raise money for a cause.

Carnival and Games

The Hillbilly Days carnival and games provide fun for the family and of course for the children!  The carnival starts on Wed., April 18, from 6-11 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to midnight, located at the Riverfill!

Music and Dancing

Brantley Gilbert is performing at The East Kentucky Expo Center on Sat., April 21 at 7 p.m. featuring Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips as the main show during Hillbilly Days.  Other bands and musicians will be performing on the Billy Johnson Stage, the Courthouse Stage, and Pikeville’s City Park Stage throughout the festival.  Get your tap dancing shoes out, put your overalls on, and get ready for some exquisite music and dancing!

Vendors and Visitors

Over 100,000 people come annually to Pikeville, Ky. to experience the event and culture of Appalachia! Over 300 vendors are set up in booths throughout the city as sellers showcase their products as well as homemade items.  Have you ever had a deep-fried Twinkie?  If not, then you need to try one alongside other delicious foods!

For more information about Hillbilly Days, please visit www.hillbillydays.com.

The Crucible Coming to Stage at ACT

Artists Collaborative Theatre (ACT) will soon welcome The Crucible to its stage as the annual literary production. Written by Arthur Miller, this “timeless tale of truth on trial” takes us back to the 1690’s Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts, where whispers of witchcraft haunt the streets and rumors spread like wildfire as townsfolk search for the answers to their fears.
After young girls are found dancing in the woods, they become stricken with a mysterious illness. Long simmering disputes, grudges and jealousies turn into harsh accusations and soon the entire community is embroiled in prolonged legal proceedings filled with dramatic claims and desperate confessions. This classic tale of mass hysteria, fear, violence, and ignorance serves as both an exciting historical drama and a timely parable of contemporary American society.

The full cast list of local performers include the following: Jason Justice as John Proctor, Amy McDougal as Elizabeth Proctor, Bradley Gene Bryant as Rev. Samuel Parris, Rain Trester as Betty Parris, Shailyn Hopkins as Abigail Williams, Za’Maryah Johnson as Tituba, Dave Sykes as Thomas Putnam, Sandy Penix as Ann Putnam, Adam Neil Johnson as Rev. John Hale, Marica Casey as Rebecca Nurse, Katie Goff as Mary Warren, Roger R. Belcher as Deputy Governor John Danforth, Elathan Bowling as Judge Hathorne, Rodney Ruth as Giles Corey, Lainey Vasquez as Mercy Lewis, Maddie Wakeland as Susanna Walcott, Ella Tolliver as Sarah Good, Allen Gibson as Francis Nurse, Andrew Bentley as Willard, J.R. Vasquez as Marshal Herrick (guard), Peterson Maynard as Hopkins (guard), and Kaylee Adkins, Whitney Ramey, Lainey Vasquez, and Madison Wakeland as the Ensemble.

The Crucible, rated PG-13, will show every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm and every Sunday at 3 pm from February 15th through March 4th and March 15th through March 18th. Tickets are only $10 each and are available online at www.ACT4.org, by phone at (606) 754-4228, or at the box office the day of the show. ACT also welcomes you to stay up-to-date with all they do at facebook.com/ACTheatre1.

As always, ACT extends a special thanks to the Kentucky Arts Council for their collaboration on this production.