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.

Eastern Kentucky Plans Largest State Fair Booth

The 2017 Kentucky State Fair is scheduled for August 17th through the 27th, and this year, Eastern Kentucky tourism offices plan on having the largest booth in the Pride of the Counties showcase. Pike County, Paintsville, Ashland and Mount Sterling will be sharing the Eastern Kentucky booth, which will be twice as large as last year’s booth. Focusing on the US 23 Country Music Highway, and the individual entertainment, outdoor and heritage offerings of each region, this year’s booth will the largest exhibit ever featured in Kentucky State Fair Pride of the Counties history. As with last year’s booth, this year will feature entertainers, artists and historians, all giving fairgoers a taste of the unique flavor of Eastern Kentucky.

“We are focusing on experiences,” said Tony K. Tackett, Pike County Tourism CVB Executive Director. “We want the potential visitor to know that when you travel along the Country Music Highway, you are in for unique and special experiences that you cannot get anywhere else.”

We are focusing on experiences

The Eastern Kentucky booth was awarded “Best Exhibit Award” in 2016 for it’s interesting arrangement of live entertainment, unique Eastern Kentucky aesthetics, and variety of displays showcased.

Below are some photos from previous year’s exhibits. What will this year’s booth entail? Stop by the Pride of the Counties exhibit and see!

Eastern Kentucky State Fair Booth 2016