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.

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.