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.

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming 2018

Come experience the Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming with us this fall from Sept. 21-23!  The schedule of events follow as such:

Friday

Main Street Live! – 7 p.m. Live music featuring some of Eastern Kentucky’s greatest talent, free admission. Featuring music by Bek and Jason Goble.

Saturday

Pikeville Farmer’s Market – 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. For craft vendor space and non-political information booths only, call Bridget Michelle Tackett at (606) 794-3033. There are no more food vendor spaces available.

Music will begin at 9:30 a.m., and will last until 2 p.m., featuring Jason Goble, Jessie Rachelle, and Troy Burchett.

Hog Trial Shootout Motorcycle Ride – Noon Registration 10 a.m. • $15 Solo, $20 rider & passenger. • Begins at Harley Davidson Mineshaft, tour goes through feud sites, ending at Dueling Barrels Distillery of Pikeville, for tastings (4:00 p.m.).

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

 

Hatfield & McCoy Feud Arm Wrestling Tournament

Blood Feud Hatfield and McCoy Ghost Walk – The Blood Feud Hatfield and McCoy Ghost Walk will be held September 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky, during Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days 2018. Discover the story behind the infamous Hatfield-McCoy Feud, and tour key locations in Pikeville, KY that are significant to this blood feud. The tour guide will be exploring spooky and weird occurrences that happen in Feud Country, even to this day.

Blood Feud Hatfield and McCoy Ghost Walk

Sunday

The Tour de Feud Cycling Rally – Noon, Hardy, KY.  Click here for more information.

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.

Preacher Anderson Hatfield Birthday Celebration – Music and celebration, scheduled for Sunday, Sept 23rd,  1:00 p.m. at the Historic Hog Trial Cabin at the junction of Route 319 and Route 1056. Live music by Jason Goble and Troy Burchett at 1 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair and picnic lunch.

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 21st @ 7pm THE BULLET ($25)
September 22nd @ 8am THE CUSS ($40)
September 23rd @ 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!

Click here to learn more.

 

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