Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming 2019

Come experience the Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming with us this fall from September 20th through the 22nd, 2019. Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming is a celebration of the peace made between the Hatfields and McCoys, and serves as an event memorializing the events of the feud, as well as the steps the families took to officially bring the feud to an end. This event is open to the public, with visitors encouraged to discuss with the descendants of these famous feuding families anything they wish to learn about Hatfield & McCoy feud lore.

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homcoming 2019 Rack Card

Below is an early schedule of events. This schedule is likely to change, yet much of it may stay the same:

Friday

7 pm – Main Street Live! Feat. Roger Lee Charles and a Mile to Nowhere.
7 pm – “The Bullet” Race.
7:30 pm – Sally McCoy Play at the App A Feud story from Sally McCoy’s perspective.

Saturday

8 a.m. – “The Cuss” Race .

9 a.m. — 2 p.m. Pikeville Farmer’s Market For craft vendor space and non-political information booths only, call Bridget Michelle Tackett at (606) 794-3033. Music will begin at 9:30 a.m., and will last until 2 p.m., featuring local talent.

Noon – Pig Roast with the Hatfields and McCoys (Pikeville Farmer’s Market).

3 p.m.Blood Song Play Historic Pike County Courthouse on Main Street, admission $10 cash at the door. Featuring Hatfield-McCoy descendants telling their story.

6 p.m. – Dinner with Descendants, Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery ($20/person).

2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. – Sally McCoy Play at the App A Feud story from Sally McCoy’s perspective.

Sunday

7 a.m. “The ( Son of a ) Gun” Half Marathon.

10 a.m. – Hatfield & McCoy Feud Memorial Service: McCoy Homeplace and Well Site at Hardy for church service – 10 a.m. Church service conducted by William Hatfield, Ron McCoy, and Reo Hatfield.

Event details subject to change.

Ruff, Tuff Race Series

The Ruff Tuff Race Series Registration is now OPEN!! 3 days, 3 different events, 3 medals, 2 finisher’s shirt (1 for completing The CUSS & 1 for completing all 3 events), a ton of fun, laughs, great/priceless photos and experiences. Come join your friends and family in this Annual event.

The Whole Series will be $75

September 20th @ 7pm THE BULLET ($25)
September 21st @ 8am THE CUSS ($40)
September 22nd @ 7am THE (Son of a) GUN Half Marathon ($40)

All monies raised are put back into the event so the more people registering the BIGGER this can be!

Many more events will be added as the date approaches.

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Jenny Wiley Theatre Presents: Blood Song

Jenny Wiley Theatre Presents Blood Song: the Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys, for a special presentation September 7 and 8, 2018 at the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, Kentucky. Show begins 7:30 p.m.

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About Blood Song

Come witness Kentucky’s OFFICIAL state play for “The Feud” during a special two-day performance series, appearing for the first time on the historic Jenny Wiley Amphitheater stage at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park!

Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys is a historically accurate play written by Chelsea Marcantel-Polaskiis, and it’s back for its 6th season of production!

Come be amazed by our local talent, many of whom are direct descendants of the original Hatfield and McCoys families. Watch us tell OUR story with OUR voices beneath the setting sun.

Can’t catch the shows at JWT? Blood Song performances run through the entire month of August in McCarr, KY on the banks of the mighty Tug River. Check out the event page at Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields & the McCoys, 2018 Season for details.

Produced in association with Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council, Inc. and UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts.

Blood Song Gallery

Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields & the McCoys, 2018 Season

Come witness Kentucky’s official state play for “The Fued” through the entire month of August in McCarr, KY!

Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys is a historically accurate play written by Chelsea Marcantel-Polaskiis, and it’s back for its 6th season of production!

Come sit on the banks of the Mighty Tug River and be amazed by our local talent, many of whom are direct descendants of the original Hatfield and McCoys families. Watch us tell OUR story with OUR voices under the setting sun. What’s more? Our stage sits right smack dab in the middle of feud territory, surrounded by historic landmarks in every direction so you can make an entire day of history, exploration, and entertainment!

Blood Song performances run through the entire month of August with shows every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Tickets are only $10 and go directly to the Hatfield & Mccoy Arts Council, Inc., a non-profit historic arts organization.

Produced in association with UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts.

2018 Season Schedule

Friday, August 3 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 4 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, August 10 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 11 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, August 17 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 18 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, August 24 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 25 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, August 31 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, September 1 • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Blood Song Gallery

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 6:00 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.

Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys Returns August 4

Photo by Moments of the Heart Photography

The official state play of Kentucky for the Hatfield and McCoy feud, Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys, returns to the stage on August 4 and runs through August 26, right in the heart of where the two families waged war. The play is written by Chelsea Marcantel and produced by the Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council, in cooperation with the University of Kentucky Pike County Extension Fine Arts Program and Artists Collaborative Theatre.

The play takes you on a journey through the entire struggle between the two families; from Asa Harmon McCoy’s murder during the Civil War, until the last event of the feud: the hanging death of Ellison “Cotton Top” Mounts in 1890. Taking a road never travelled when retelling the events of the feud, the story is not told through the eyes of the two patriarchs, Ran’l McCoy and Devil Anse Hatfield. Instead, some of the lesser known participants of the feud narrate the scenes and retell the events of the feud in their own words. For the first time, an audience can see how two clans fought to preserve family, and not the sensationalism on which the media of the time was focused.

Surrounded by the mountains and the mighty Tug River where the feud actually happened, the stage sits within viewing distance of the site where one of the most tragic events of the feud took place: the paw-paw tree incident of 1882. It was there that Devil Anse Hatfield executed three of Ran’l and Sally McCoy’s children along the banks of the Tug River for the murder of his brother, Ellison Hatfield. If you travel to see the play through Kentucky, you will pass the site where the McCoy homeplace was burned to the ground on New Year’s Eve of 1887 on a raid led by Jim Vance and Cap Hatfield, the cabin of “Preacher Anse” Anderson Hatfield where the infamous Hog Trial between Ran’l McCoy and Floyd Hatfield took place, as well as the election grounds where the love affair of Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy started. If you travel through West Virginia, you are within minutes of several of the Hatfield’s homeplaces and the Matewan schoolhouse where the three McCoys were kept while awaiting the fate of Ellison Hatfield.

Not only is the stage surrounded with the tradition of both families, but the cast is as well. Comprised completely of local talent, several of the cast members are related to either the Hatfields, the McCoys, or both! This is proof that while the nation has once again taken an interest in a feud between two Appalachian families, the hatchet between the Hatfields and the McCoys was buried long ago.

The play is produced in association with Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City. ACT started out producing outdoor dramas such as The Kentucky Cycle (2002), Always…Patsy Cline, and Quilters, before moving into its black box theatre home. ACT’s Executive Director, Stephanie Richards, attributes the success of the work to all of the people working together for the same quality outcome. “We have an amazing playwright that embraced the story, learned the details, and worked to tell the human story of the feud with an ending of hope for all of our mountain people. We have local talent dedicated to telling the story simply, honestly, and truthfully onstage. With our local talent, there are no bad acting tricks that have to be broken down. It is natural for our company to just tell the story and we know how to do that! It comes from our heritage of oral history, our storytelling of life through our generations. I have worked many places and know the blessings we have in our local actors. Directors would love to have this raw talent, professional work ethic, and team atmosphere to create. If you haven’t yet seen how our local talent shines, please make plans to see this one, you will be amazed!”

Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys takes place at the Hatfield-McCoy Outdoor Theatre in McCarr, Ky. Shows run each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm through the month of August. Tickets are $10 each. For more information about the play, including directions to the venue, please call the Pike County Extension Office at (606) 432-2534 or visit facebook.com/HMartscouncil.