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.

 

Hatfield McCoy Rack Card

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, kids activities, face painting, fall scented candles and guest vendors featuring local produce. Live entertainment is also planned, with Troy Burchett, 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.

Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys

Kentucky’s official feud play Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys will be having a special performance at the Pike County historic courthouse in downtown Pikeville, Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m. This performance of the popular play will be held in the courtroom where the Hatfields were put on trial for attacking the McCoy’s home in Hardy, Kentucky. This is also the courtroom where Ellison “Cottontop” Mounts was sentenced to be hanged for his involvement in the attacks.

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. Reo Hatfield and Bob Scott, both also Hatfield descendants, will be offering opening statements as well, with the purpose of preserving the past and remembering those who suffered from the bitter feud that united these families. The McCoy Well is located at 4087 Hwy., 319 Hardy, KY 41501.

 

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.

Elkhorn City Night Market 2017

After much anticipation and great demand, Artists Collaborative Theatre (ACT) is excited to invite its neighbors to come shop beneath the setting sun on August 4th from 6-10 pm at the 2017 Elkhorn City Night Market! This summer’s Night Market expects to be bigger and better than ever, which is saying something after the great success of last year’s market which brought a crowed of over a thousand to the small town of Elkhorn City. All market proceeds from booth registration fees go directly to support ACT, a 501c3 non-profit organization working to support the arts in Appalachia.

Samantha West, ACT Artistic Director and Night Market project manager, says everywhere she has gone this past year people have asked her when the next Night Market would be. “If the constant buzz, questions, and requests over the last year are any indication, August 4th is going to be an incredible market! It’s become an absolutely magical night that family, friends, and individuals can all come together to enjoy and have some good summer fun.”

A night of summer fun is certainly a goal, but ACT decided to bring a night market to Elkhorn City for more than just festival food and shopping sprees. West explains, “For the last 15 years, ACT has actively pursued ways to showcase and serve Appalachian artists. Last year, we had the idea to create a night when the entire community could come together and celebrate our unique culture, talent, and roots. The Elkhorn City Night Market was born!”

Taking notes from other nearby cities, Elkhorn City decided to host an open-air market to create a tourism and economic booster for the area with the intention of bringing in and keeping dollars in Pike County. Last summer, visitors to the Elkhorn City Night Market casually shared stories of staying in nearby hotels, eating at local restaurants, and visiting other local attractions. Also, of course, the market’s vendors reported sizeable profits from their sells. The Elkhorn City Night Market also places a heavy emphasis on recruiting handmade and locally produced items and local small businesses as the majority of its vendors as an additional way to support Pike County’s entrepreneurs and the talented people of the region.

Vendors expected to line the streets on August 4th include many returning favorites, such as those selling handmade and unique jewelry, woodworking crafts, home décor, restored furniture, original pieces of artwork, customizable embroidery items, an array of locally-themed apparel, homemade soaps and lotions, fresh picked fruits and vegetables, refreshing shaved ice, several food trucks offering a variety of mouth-watering foods, and much more. The market also plans to have a variety of brand name vendors too, such as Lula Roe clothing, Pink Zebra scented wax melts, and Plunder jewelry.

The Elkhorn City Night Market will also feature a full evening of live music and entertainment. Several well-known local musical acts will be in attendance, featuring sounds across several genres. Market-goers can expect to hear bluegrass, indie, folk, rock, and more.

“I never could have imagined the immediate success the Elkhorn City Night Market had, and all of that is credited to our amazing ACT volunteers, the Fine Arts program at the Pike County Cooperative Extension Service, Elkhorn City officials, and, of course, our top-of-the-line, amazing vendors!,” West explained.

Those interested in setting up as a vendor or performing on stage should contact Samantha West at artistscollaborativetheatre@gmail.com or send a message to the Artists Collaborative Theatre, Inc. Facebook page at facebook.com/ACTheatre1. More information and vendor applications may be found online at pike.ca.uky.edu/NightMarket or may be picked up in person at the Pike County Extension Service located at 148 Trivette Dr. in Pikeville, KY. Applications sent after July 31st will require an additional $5 late fee.

Elkhorn City Night Market Gallery