Prestonsburg city officials are hoping two new events added this year will return some of the luster to Jenny Wiley Festival and rejuvenate interest in the native culture associated with the weekend event.
The Jenny Wiley Festival begins in earnest on Wednesday October 7 as craft and food vendors begin setting up in their traditional locations, but the big new attraction will be found at the old grade school property as members of the Richmond Powwow Association set up camp.
Miranda Hicks, Economic Development Director for Prestonsburg says that the group will be set up all weekend, but will also offer several live performances.
“They are going to come in and do three shows,” said Hicks, Prestonsburg Economic Development Director. “The first two of the shows will be open to the public but catered to school children who are bused in,” said Hicks.
According to their website the Richmond Powwow Association was built from a dream to provide an educational experience of Native American culture to people of all ages. The powwow is historically seen as a celebration, and a time for many tribes to gather together for the end of the growing season.
Powwows were a time to build friendships and catching up on important news, and this year Prestonsburg hopes it will rejuvenate interest and focus on the Native American cultural aspect of their annual festival.
Hicks says that Richmond Powwow association is adding a lot to the cultural experience of this years festival.
“They will bring in their own vendors, and be having crafts of Native American jewelry and food as well.”
The event shows are tentatively scheduled for Friday at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and again that evening at 6:00 p.m. The groups is expected to be in camp all weekend, and will also act as the Grand Marshall for this years parade.
This will be the first year for the group, but Hicks is hoping is will become a lasting tradition. “We just wanted something to draw in more people.”
Also in its first year will be the O.T. Hammonds Memorial Cruise-In. The event is a testament to O.T. Hammonds, a local garage owner, who passed away earlier this year. “He had been a strong supporter of all the car shows over the years,” said Hicks. The event was created to honor Hammonds with the glimmer of shiny metallic paint and the roar of a car engine – all things he loved.
The event will take place Saturday October 9 at 5:00 p.m..
For more information about events during Jenny Wiley Festival contact Miranda Hicks at (606) 886-2336.
Jackson Latta can be reached at (606) 886-8506