Pike County Tourism CVB would like to reassure visitors and community members that we are working diligently in monitoring event cancellations due COVID-19 precautions. Many of these events are likely to be rescheduled for a later date, which will be made known on our Pike County Events feed. If you have and travel questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us on our Contact Us page. Ticket refunds may be offered by the event organizers/venues for these events.Reach out to the respective venues for refunds.
Hillbilly Days 2020 has been officially cancelled. This is due to precautions concerning COVID-19. That beings said, the City of Pikeville has expressed that they will attempt to reschedule the event for Fall. If they do so, we will be notifying you via email, as well as posting the notification on our websites TourPikeCounty.com and HillbillyDays.com.
Pike County Tourism CVB executive director Tony K. Tackett would like to reassure everyone that, although many upcoming events have been cancelled, event organizers will do all that they can to reschedule these events. This is just a precaution that is being made to ensure that our visitors, and community remain healthy, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you wish to keep track of all event cancellations and postponements for Pike County, Kentucky, check out our blog post:
Hillbilly Days is scheduled for April 16, 17 and 18, 2020 in downtown Pikeville, Kentucky. This year’s festival will include all of the fun things that Hillbilly Days has become famous for, such as a carnival, food and craft vendors, goofy hillbilly outfits and cars, as well as three stages of live entertainment. However, this year, Hillbilly Days will be featuring an assortment of new and unique attractions, such as the Dino Roar! Tour, Abby the Spoon Lady & the Tater Boys, an Arm Wrestling Tournament with special guest Travis Bagent, and a Hank Williams Jr. concert at the Appalachian Wireless Arena! Click above to download the Hillbilly Days 2020 brochure, or request a hard copy from us. Events are subject to change, and new events are typically added as the festival approaches.
Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days is an annual homecoming for Hatfield and McCoy descendants that is open to the public. Visitors can expect to enjoy a great Farmer’s Market event with the descendants, live entertainment at Main Street Live!, storytelling from the Hatfields and McCoys, the Sally McCoy Theatre Show at the App, a half marathon run and so much more! Located in Downtown Pikeville, September 20, 21 and 22, 2019.
The 42nd annual Hillbilly Days festival will be from April 19-21, 2018. Be sure to secure lodging for the event!
Hillbilly Days was first founded in 1977 by a group of Shriners as a means to raise money for the Shriners Hospital. Two Shriners from the Hillbilly Clan Outhouse No. 2, Howard “Dirty Ear” Stratton and “Shady” Grady Kinney, decided to start the festival in 1976 after visiting a festival in Portsmouth, Ohio. They got a group of Shriners together and they began the festival in 1977. It has continued ever since. Participants wear overalls and other rural attire while roaming the streets of Pikeville to help raise money for a cause.
Carnival and Games
The Hillbilly Days carnival and games provide fun for the family and of course for the children! The carnival starts on Wed., April 18, from 6-11 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to midnight, located at the Riverfill!
Music and Dancing
Brantley Gilbert is performing at The East Kentucky Expo Center on Sat., April 21 at 7 p.m. featuring Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips as the main show during Hillbilly Days. Other bands and musicians will be performing on the Billy Johnson Stage, the Courthouse Stage, and Pikeville’s City Park Stage throughout the festival. Get your tap dancing shoes out, put your overalls on, and get ready for some exquisite music and dancing!
Vendors and Visitors
Over 100,000 people come annually to Pikeville, Ky. to experience the event and culture of Appalachia! Over 300 vendors are set up in booths throughout the city as sellers showcase their products as well as homemade items. Have you ever had a deep-fried Twinkie? If not, then you need to try one alongside other delicious foods!