Among the many disappointing event cancellations of 2020 was the wildly popular Hillbilly Days festival. Having never been cancelled since its inception over 44 years ago, the 2020 Hillbilly Days event was a major loss for tourism in the region.

Last year’s event, which garnered much attention for the announcement of many new and unique attractions, was, like most events of 2020, cancelled due to concerns involving the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Larry Epling.

However, Hillbilly Days 2021 is still, as of this writing, scheduled to take place, but there are few event details currently available. We have compiled the information that we currently have below. Take a look.

Hillbilly Days 2021 Vendor Application

Currently, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for Hillbilly Days vendors. The vendor application, along with rules and regulations, fees, and other details are available online at the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce website. A vendor map and detailed list of vendors may become available as the festival nears.

Live Music Stages

Each year, there are three live music stages across Pikeville, each featuring an assortment of genres such as country, gospel, bluegrass and rock. For artists who wish to perform on one of these stages for Hillbilly Days 2021, the name and phone number of those in charge of the stages is provided below:

Pike County Courthouse Square (Bluegrass/Bluegrass Gospel and Country)
Kevin Prater

Gazebo Main Stage in the City Park (Bluegrass and Gospel)
Larry Webster

Mountain Top Media Stage at the Appalachian Wireless Arena (Southern Rock and Rock)
Tony Mullins

Campgrounds & RV Parks

We get many questions regarding campgrounds and RV parks for the festival, so, courtesy of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, we have compiled a list of campgrounds and RV parks below:

Bob Amos RV Park
380 Bob Amos Dr
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 444-5131

Breaks Interstate Park
627 Commission Cir
Breaks, VA 24607
(276) 865-4413

Fishtrap Lake
2204 Fishtrap Rd
Shelbiana, KY 41562
(606) 437-7496

German Bridge Campground
7533 Ky. Rte. 194
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
(606) 874-1150

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
419 Jenny Wiley Dr
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
(606) 889-1790

Paintsville Lake State Park
1551 KY Rt 2275
Paintsville, KY 41256
(606) 297-8486

Yatesville Lake State Resort Park
1410 Golf Course Rd
Louisa, KY 41230
(606) 673-4303

Pikeville Hotel Lodging

Lodging in Pikeville provides the most convenient experience. However, hotel availability can go fast, as everyone loves lodging where the hillbilly action is. Click the link below to take a look at the wonderful hotel and motel lodging available in Pike County.

For Events Updates & More

The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is updating Hillbilly Days information often, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on their facebook page, as well as their website.

As we receive more information, we will also be posting updates on this website, as well as our Hillbilly Days facebook page.

Hillbilly Days is planned each year to take place on the third or fourth week of April (depending on where Easter falls), with the 2021 date being scheduled for April 15, 16, 17. Hillbilly Days 2022 is scheduled for April 21-22-23.

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