Hillbilly Days – Pikeville, KY

March 11, 2011 by  

April 14-16, 2011

Since 1977, Pike County has been celebrating Hillbilly Days. This nationally known annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Held in Downtown Pikeville each April, this is one festival you’ve got to see to believe!  Come enjoy the festivities and craziness of Hillbilly Days and bring the family! There is something for everyone with hundreds of food and craft booths, a huge carnival, and music throughout the town. Y’all will be assured of having three days of outrageous fun, food, and frolic.

Hillbilly Days offers loads of fun for all participants, but there is true meaning behind the event. For 35 years, Shriners have faithfully traveled all over the United States and Canada to help crippled children. So, when you come upon Shriners all decked out in Hillbilly garb or driving one of those modified Hillbilly limousines, remember the children whose lives are being enhanced.

Hillbilly days improves each year as Shriners, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Government, City of Pikeville and local volunteers transform downtown Pikeville into one of the most unique festivals in the world!

Hillbilly Days was started by Howard “Dirty Ear” Stratton and ” Shady” Grady Kinney, two Shriners with the Hillbilly Clan Outhouse No. 2 in Pikeville, The festival is attended by over 100,000 folks and continues to get bigger and better each year. Mr. Stratton says that for about as long as he can remember both he and Mr. Kinney wanted a festival in Pike County. They got the idea for Hillbilly Days in 1976 while going to another festival in Portsmouth, Ohio, and upon returning they started their work. In 1977, they got all Hillbilly Clans together in one place, Pike County, Kentucky. Mr. Kinney has unfortunately passed, but his memory lives on in every hillbilly heart. A monument honoring Mr. Kinney has been placed in the Pikeville City Park.

Hillbilly days takes place in downtown Pikeville, Kentucky, nestled in the beautiful Appalachian mountains.  The festival is held on Second Street, but you can take a free shuttle from several parking lots nearby.  To learn more about this event, visit the Hillbilly Days website.

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