Frank Phillips & Nancy McCoy Historical Marker to be unveiled Aug. 29

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has recently announced that they will be unveiling a new historical marker, Friday, August 29, at the Frank Phillips and Nancy McCoy Phillips burial site. Both were involved in the famous Hatfield McCoy Feud, with Phillips serving as lawman that rounded up the feuding Hatfields, and Nancy McCoy Phillips being romantically involved with the “Johnse” Hatfield, before marrying Phillips. Many believe that Nancy McCoy Phillips’ father, Asa Harmon McCoy, was the first person killed in the feud.

Pike County Tourism, Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with assistance from Pike County government, worked diligently to bring this marker to this historically important location. “When visitors tour the gravesites of the feudists, it brings the feud from popular lore to reality. These people lived, loved, and fought during one of America’s most difficult eras.” Said Tony K. Tackett, Pike County Tourism CVB Executive Director. “This history serves as a reminder of the toll civil unrest can have on a community and a nation.”

When visitors tour the grave sites of the feudists, it brings the feud from popular lore to reality.

The original article released by the Kentucky Historical Society can be viewed here. For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker Program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474

El Hasa Shriners Rodeo Coming to Pikeville

Press Release from the East Kentucky Expo Center

Pikeville, KY – The International Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned Hedrick Rodeo Company presented by the El Hasa Shriners will ride into the East Kentucky Expo Center on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st, 2014. Tickets will be on-sale Friday September 29th at 10:00am at the Appalachian Wireless Box Office, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $18.00, $25.00 and $35.00 with children under 12 admitted at half price.

Professional rodeo at its best. Hedrick Rodeo Company exhibits style, showmanship, and incredible family entertainment. America’s toughest sport is displayed with class and helps to preserve the strong values of Western Heritage and the cowboy life. Patriotism, athleticism, along with excitement, and thrills will be present.

Danny Hedrick, rodeo owner, says “We will have contestants from all over the nation for this event. This is one of the last rodeos this year to earn points towards the I.P.R.A. Championship.” Event organizers have listed Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Cowgirl Barrel Racing and Team Roping among the events that will be seen.

Andy Linton, Assistant General Manager at the East Kentucky Expo Center said, “We are striving to bring a diverse selection of events to Pikeville. With the addition of the El Hasa Professional Rodeo to our fall line up we have something for everyone. Whether it is one of the most successful pop/rock groups in history with Chicago, fun for the kids with Sesame Street, new country like Brantley Gilbert or up and comers Sundy Best, we want to have something to entertain every member of the family.”

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