Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming 2020: Event Update

Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming is in its 7th year this year. Yet, as with many other events, the COVID-19 pandemic has cast uncertainty on the event’s plans for 2020. Randolph McCoy descendant and Pike County Tourism supporter Ron McCoy, along with other descendants from both the Hatfields and McCoys, have been working to make this year’s event special. But with the challenging times we are facing, it is not yet clear what Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming 2020 will look like, or if it will happen at all.

“We are continuing to field questions about our ‘2020 Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days’ event in September”, said McCoy. “While things were improving in Kentucky (gatherings of 50 people or fewer were permitted), on July 20th, the governor rescinded that guidance and has restricted gatherings to 10 people or less. Nevertheless, we remain hopeful that things will improve in time for us to get together in September.”

McCoy goes on to detail that he will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation going forward. It is important to note that the event is not cancelled, and is being thoroughly planned for September 18, 19 and 20. Pike County Tourism CVB will be posting further updates on Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming 2020, stay tuned.

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Gallery

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Media

Photo Blog Series: Beautiful Pike County, KY – Mary Reed Runyon

Our fourth installment of our photo blog series “Beautiful Pike County, KY” focuses on local favorite, Mary Reed Runyon. Runyon has been a supporter of Pike County Tourism CVB for many years, and has captured some of our most beloved nature and scenic photographs. Runyon’s photographs capture the raw natural beauty of Eastern Kentucky in such a breathtaking way, with fog rolling through the Pike County hills, vibrant green, yellow and red vegetation, and vivid blue skies full of thick clouds.

We here at Pike County Tourism CVB are so appreciative for Runyon, not just for her contributions to our marketing material, but for enriching our lives with her artistic passion, as many of our community members would agree. Check out her gallery below.

Mary Reed Runyon Gallery

Mary Reed Runyon

Check out Mary Reed Runyon’s facebook page below.

Subjects: Nature, Architecture, Scenics, Culture
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Photo Blog Series: Beautiful Pike County, KY – Larry Epling

The second installment of our photo blog series features Larry Epling, a long time photographer and supporter of local tourism here in Eastern Kentucky. Epling has volunteered his photography skills and many hours to Pike County Tourism CVB over the past several years, capturing not only special events such as Hillbilly Days and Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days, but also Pike County’s natural beauty. Many of the photos featured in our tourist material are courtesy of Epling.

Check out Epling’s gallery below, and feel free to reach out to him for not only photography services, but drone photography as well.

Larry Epling Gallery

Larry Epling – Appalachian Artist

Epling is open for photography commissions, as well as drone photography. Take a look.

Licensed Drone Operator
Subjects: Aerial Photography, Nature, Architecture, Scenics, Culture, Tourism
Website: Click here
E-mail: Click here
Phone: 606 653-2005
Instagram: Click here

Porch Talk Storytelling Workshop Series

The Appalachian Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Appalachia Book Company and UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts, is thrilled to introduce our new live storytelling and conversation series: Porch Talk at the App!

We all love kicking our feet up on the front porch, gathering around a roaring fire, or circling a kitchen table to talk with our friends. Porch Talk is your chance to share those stories with your community, and we know you have some good ones! Come share your stories solo or in conversation with your friends. We want to hear the generational (tall) tales you’ve collected, the monumental moments from your life, or remembrances of the people who have mattered most.

Porch Talk workshops will help you craft your personal stories into stage-worthy monologues with the help of professional editors, actors, and public speakers. These low-pressure workshops will culminate in a staged storytelling showcase and possible publication!

Storytelling Workshop Series @ Pike Co. Extension
January 23rd & 30th @ 6:30
February 6th & 13th @ 6:30

Porch Talk Story Showcase @ The App
February 18th

To pre-register for workshops contact UK Extension – Pike County Fine Arts through FB message, at (606) 432-2534, or at emilyknelson@uky.edu.

For more information visit theapparts.org/porchtalk or contact the Appalachia Book Company at appalachiabookco@protonmail.com.

Donations Needed for Pike County Coal Miner Memorial

Coal Miner StatueFamily and friends can have a lasting tribute to a coal miner who was important to them by purchasing a black granite paver that will be part of the Pike County Coal Miner Memorial to be built in Downtown Pikeville. Any coal miner is eligible by completing the form below and making a donation of $150.00 to the Pike County Miner Memorial Fund, Inc.

Click here to download the Pike County Coal Miner Memorial form.

To learn more about the Pike County Coal Miner Memorial, visit their facebook page.

Pike County Coal Miner Memorial Media Coverage

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