Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days is Coming, Aug. 29-31, 2014

America’s most infamous feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys involved stories of betrayal, violence, forbidden love, retribution and unforgiveness. Many believe that the bad blood that grew between these two families stemmed from the Civil War, a conflict that pitted brother against brother during one of America’s darkest eras.
Since the signing of the official peace treaty between Reo Hatfield and Ron and Bo McCoy, both families have tirelessly worked to undo the violence image brought forth by the feud, becoming advocates for peace, communication and reconciliation. Visitors are welcome to attend Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days, which is held each year on Labor Day Weekend in Pikeville, Pike County KY! Meet some of the descendants of the families, enjoy arts, crafts, multiple stages with live entertainment, drag-racing, BBQ and so much more!

Plan your trip as soon as possible, and celebrate peace with the Hatfields & McCoys!

– Debora Huffman, Pike County Tourism CVB Chairlady

This year, Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days will feature a wealth of unique events and activities for everyone to enjoy. This event also gives visitors a chance to meet some of the descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys and hear their family stories first hand. You can expect excellent live music, indoor theatre, outdoor theatre, wood carving with chainsaws, drag racing, handmade arts, crafts, book signings and a friendly paintball tournament pitting Hatfield and McCoy families against each other. Enjoy bourbon, BBQ and beer all weekend long at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, beginning August 30. Join us August 31 for the Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days parade at 4:00 p.m., and take in a concert with up-and-coming artists Sundy Best at the Pikeville Riverfill Arena, 7:00 p.m.

The Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days brochure is now available online! Click the link below to see what is in store for this year’s festival!

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days The feud is over, let the fun begin! Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days is coming to Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky, Labor Day weekend. Expect plenty of friends, and fun during this highly anticipated event.
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County, City Unveil Country Music Highway Sign

Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford joined Mayor Pro-tem Jimmy Carter and Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett to unveil a sign honoring Country Music Highway star Patty Loveless. The sign, part of the Trail of Fame, features a pictured of Loveless, who won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, “Mountain Soul II,” and a map of the Country Music Highway that extends from Ashland to Letcher County.

The highway recognizes all the well-known country music stars that came from this region, including Loretta Lynn, Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle, Molly O’Day, Hylo Brown and more.

Mayor Pro-tem Carter said, “The Country Music Highway brings tourism in to the area while honoring the rich Mountain tradition of music.”

Enjoy live music and entertainment at Pikeville Main Street, click here for details.

Judge Rutherford said, “In 1994, a bill sponsored by State Rep. Hubert Collins, who represented part of Pike County, was passed and US 23 Highway in eastern Kentucky became The Country Music Highway. This highway honors musicians from Eastern Kentucky and the music that has a long been a tradition in the hills and hollers of these mountains.”

Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett said, “The country Music Highway recognizes those that came before us. We found grants to make the signs and honor our music tradition.”

The US 23 Country Music Sign featuring Patty Loveless is located near the information gazebo at the base of the Pikeville Cut-Through/Bob Amos Park in Pikeville, KY.

Country Music Highway Sign Gallery