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Pikeville’s Hillbilly Days slated for April 11-13

April 3, 2019

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Since 1977, Pike County has been celebrating Hillbilly Days. This nationally known annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

As you might expect, the event brings together plenty of people in their hillbilly outfits and attire.

The 43rd annual Hillbilly Days is coming to Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky, April 11-13 this year. Those who attend can enjoy a family-friendly festival featuring live entertainment, great food, a carnival and much more.

Some holdovers from previous year are on the agenda again, including the Hillbilly Days Pig Drop event, a car show and a 5K run.

This year features new attractions as well.

Arm wrestling champion Travis Bagent will be hosting an arm wrestling tournament this year at the Billy Johnson Stage on Saturday, April 13. Contact Larry Miller at 606-213-4763 or Josh Kesler 606-794-5018 for more information.

Bluegrass superstars Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys will have a free performance Friday evening at the UPike Gymnasium.

Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery will showcase their taproom with new beers, live music and special tours every half hour, 11 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. Fancy some moonshine? Pauley Hollow Distillery will host several tastings throughout Pikeville during Hillbilly Days. A free gift will be given away with each purchase, while supplies last.

Jenny Wiley Theatre will show a preview of its upcoming show “Greater Tuna” on Thursday through Friday at Dueling Barrels from 5:15-7:15 p.m. This preview will also be featured at the Jenny Wiley Theatre of Pikeville on Saturday.

Those who attend can enjoy excerpts of the show, crafts, games and superheroes for the kids.

Other unique events are also scheduled for this year, such as a Local Artisan & Craft Fair at the Expo Center, A Hillbilly Ghost Walk, and last but not least, Travis Tritt and The Marshall Tucker Band will be featured at the Expo Saturday, April 13.

For a full schedule of events, along with details, visit www.hillbillydays.com or call the Pike County Tourism CVB Visitors Center at 606-432-5063.

Kyle Lovern is the editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at 304-236-3526 or via email at klovern@HDMediaLLC.com.