Pikeville's 34th Annual Hillbilly Days in Full Swing

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 4/16 @ 5pm
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- While our region is often the butt of jokes about rednecks and country life, several thousand folks gather each spring in Pikeville -- not to part with their country ways -- but to embrace them.

Such is the spirit of Hillbilly Days. Record crowds are expected for the 34th annual celebration, which started Thursday and continues through Saturday.

More than 300 vendors will take care of food and drinks, and the three-day party will feature live music and dancing, a beauty pageant, games and activities, many with proceeds going to charity, including the Shriners Hospital for Children.



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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- When a city of 6,500 welcomes in 160,000 hillbillies for the weekend, things can get mighty busy.

Pikeville's 34th annual Hillbilly Days celebration kicks off Thursday, and organizers say they are expecting a record crowd.

The Appalachian News-Express reports city and county officials are working hard to get ready for the droves of people from both the eastern Kentucky region and all over the country who converge on Pikeville for the event.

More than 300 vendors will take care of food and drinks, and the three-day party will feature live music and dancing, a beauty pageant, games and activities, many with proceeds going to charity.


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