Pikeville Hillbilly Days is one of Kentucky’s most attended festivals, being one of the state’s first festivals of the (mostly) warm months of the year. Hillbilly Days is known for its outlandish character, wide assortment of vendor booths, and charm that has endured for over 40 years. Most importantly, Hillbilly Days is also a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, Kentucky, a hospital that serves disabled children in the Eastern Kentucky region, among many other areas.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down pretty much all festivals in the state of Kentucky for the foreseeable future, it still doesn’t hurt to reminisce on the Hillbilly Days festivals of yesteryear. Let’s take a look at some photos from previous Hillbilly Days festivals.
Pikeville Hillbilly Days Gallery
Buy Hillbilly Days Merch & Support the Children’s Hospital
Despite being cancelled, Hillbilly Days 2020 merchandise is still available. Purchase collectables for the Hillbilly Days that never was by contacting Robert Adkins at 606-899-9030, or message him on facebook. Hillbilly Days Shirts are $12.00, button pins (white) are $1.00, patches, lapel pins and knives are $5.00 each. Shirts available in adult small thru 3x and youth and infant onesies. Don’t allow COVID-19 to prevent you from showing your support for the Shriners Hospital for Children.
More Hillbilly Days Resources
Wanting to keep track of the updates concerning Hillbilly Days? Follow our Pikeville Hillbilly Days facebook page, or visit www.HillbillyDays.com for updates. As of this writing, Hillbilly Days 2020 has been cancelled, and has yet to be rescheduled. However, it doesn’t hurt to check back from time to time to see if things have changed. You never know.
We continue our photo blog series “Beautiful Pike County, KY” with a sampling of photographer Jeffery Justice’s excellent camera work. Justice has dedicated his career to supporting economic growth in Eastern Kentucky, serving as a business and innovation champion at SOAR Innovation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting innovation-driven small businesses and entrepreneurs in Appalachia Kentucky.
Justice has also worked in the area of tourism in Eastern Kentucky by capturing some of the many amazing events Pikeville-Pike County has hosted over the years. Justice has a knack for capturing the human experience in his photography, with a visual impact that tells a story all its own. Be sure to check out his gallery below, and reach out to him if you are looking for photography commissions.
Jeffery Justice Gallery
Feel free to reach out to Justice for commission requests.
Subjects: Nature, Architecture, Culture, Tourism E-mail:Click here Phone: 859-779-8282
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.