It’s Festival Time in Prestonsburg!


by Jackson Latta



Hundreds of visitors will descend on Prestonsburg this weekend as the Jenny Wiley Festival gets underway.

Activities begin in earnest Wednesday as vendors begin to arrive and set up. This year features two new attractions in the form of the Richmond Powwow Association who will be set up in the old grade school property adjacent to city hall, and the O.T. Hammonds Memorial Cruise-in which will take place Saturday evening.

Economic Development Director for Prestonsburg, Miranda Hicks, says she hopes that last weeks poor showing at Apple Day due to weather, will boost Jenny Wiley’s numbers this weekend.

“Where Apple Day had such bad weather, we’ve had a bunch of people calling to get in our crafts tent,” says Hicks, who noted that the tent was already full, with more crafters still calling in. “We’re trying to find places to put them all.”

The crafts tent will not be alone, with several events both new and old scheduled for the weekend.

This festival events and times are listed as follows:

Wednesday –

Vendors open/set up

7:00 p.m.- Prestonsburg Tourism Presents Songwriters Scene at the downtown stage

Thursday –

9:00 a.m. Arts and Crafts tent opens

12:00 p.m. Road to Fame performers on downtown stage

3:00 p.m. Carnival opens

4:00 p.m. Pumpkin decorating contest

6:00 p.m. Candlelight vigil

7:00 p.m. Gospel night music on downtown stage

Friday

Native American Powwow – old grade school lot

7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Rotary club pancake breakfast

12:00 p.m. Tribute to US 23 Music Highway Stars at downtown stage

6:00 p.m. Beatin’ down the Burg – Big Sandy Community and Technical College

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Bluegrass Extravaganza at downtown stage

6:00 p.m. Cornhole tournament – City hall street front

Saturday

Native American Powwow – old grade school lot

9:00 a.m. Dr. Ron Leslie 5k Run/Walk for Diabetes Awareness

9:00 a.m. Car and bike show

3:00 p.m. Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival Parade

5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Live entertainment on downtown stage

by Jackson Latta

Jackson Latta can be reached at (606) 886-8506

Jackson Latta can be reached at (606) 886-8506

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