5 Things to Look Forward to in Pikeville-Pike County, KY 2019

Without a doubt, the last several years have been incredible for tourism in Pikeville Pike County, Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, tourist spending in Pike County, Kentucky has increased by over $7.2 million since 2014. This is a great sign for a region rich in heritage, culture, scenic beauty, and of course the Hatfield McCoy Feud Tour. But the greatest news is, there are no signs of slowing down. People from all across the globe are inthralled with the feud history, and the unique experiences that can only be had in Eastern Kentucky. So what can visitors expect for 2019 in Pikeville Pike County, Kentucky? Let’s take a look:

Eastern Kentucky’s first joint brewery/distillery, Dueling Barrels has made a big splash with visitors since opening in June. With each passing month, more and more experiences have been added to what has already been an experience rich attraction. A host of amazing special events have already been held there for 2018, from the Hatfields and McCoys descendants having a meet, greet & taste for Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days 2018, to a special three-course dinner with Town Branch’s Master Distiller, Mark Coffman. The popular Hoptoberfest also kicked off in 2018, as well as a variety of fun block parties, making Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery a place to keep an eye on for 2019.

With the addition of the Randolph McCoy statue in 2018, as well as the completion of the Hatfield McCoy historic sites restoration project, there could be further plans in the works for the popular heritage tour for 2019. Pike County Tourism CVB commissioner and McCoy Well property owner Bob Scott has spearheaded many of these improvements, and despite the red tape and hurtles that still exist, hopes to possibly have the McCoy cabins rebuilt on the legendary property, a project he has been working on for several years. While there is no promise that this will be accomplished in 2019, there is still plenty of interesting things that will no doubt become available as the year progresses.

The East Kentucky Expo Center has featured a plethora of excellent events in 2018, seeing an increase not only in the frequency of events, but variety as well. Now under new management, there are more exciting things to come for the expo in 2019, with Tri-state MX, City Rockfest and Travis Tritt with the Marshall Tucker band shows scheduled for the opening quarter. If Cirque Musica’s Wonderland is any indicator of the variety that is to come, 2019 should feature a whole slew of unique entertainment experiences at the East Kentucky Expo Center. 

Elkhorn City’s Artist Collaborative Theatre is one of Kentucky’s most award-winning community theatres, capturing a bevy of awards over the past several years for awe-inspiring performances and stage design. 2018’s schedule was packed full of standout shows, such as The Crucible, Send Me No Flowers and The Christians just to name a few. The shows currently announced for 2019 include the literary classic Desire Under the Elms and Mary Poppins Jr. Cotton Patch Gospel, (which features a live bluegrass band), along with the hilarious Beverly Hillbillies are also on tap, making 2019 an already exciting year for live theatre in Pike County, Kentucky. 

Perhaps one of the most exciting new events coming to Pikeville-Pike County in 2019 is Preservation Kentucky Tour 120, May 18-19. The focus of the Preservation Kentucky 120 event is to showcase the diverse architectural styles of Kentucky, with the Pike County Courthouse being featured as a part of a state-wide initiative. A special production of Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys will be showcased at the courthouse on the May 18th. More information on this exciting event is to be announced, so stay tuned.

2017 Carden Super Spectacular Circus

THE SUPER SPECTACULAR CIRCUS is coming to the Pikeville one day only, Monday, January 30, 2017. Acrobats, aerialists, animals, and clowns! All this and more come to life at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center bringing family fun and unforgettable memories to all. Forget about video games…this stuff is REAL! Tickets go on sale NOW!

This year features dynamic Ringmaster, Steven Best who navigates the thrills and chills, hilarity, and awe of the Spectacular Circus. Audiences will hold their collective breath as the Flying Cortes tumble and spin through the air on the flying trapeze. Boys and girls of all ages will be mesmerized by the amazing acrobats, the complexity of the contortionists, and the most-dangerous of propelling professions – The Human Cannonball!*

Catherine Carden leads the herd of Asian elephants as they adorn the circus floor demonstrating their enormous grace, intelligence, and strength. Tigers act like little kittens in the hands of trainer, Ryan Easley, and liberty horses dance in the ring in unison.

Doors open one hour before show time for the Preshow Festivities including performer meet and greets, learn circus skills, and animal rides!

Tickets on sale NOW at SPECTACULARCIRCUS.COM, TICKETMASTER.COM, by phone at 800.745.3000, or at the Appalachian Wireless Box Office one hour before show time.

General Admission tickets are $16 for children 12 and under and $18 adults.

SHOW DATE AND TIME:  Monday, January 30th at 6:30PM

TICKETS:  General Admission seats: $16 children 12 years and under & Adults $18. For More info, visit eastkyexpo.com

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