PRESTONSBURG – The 2016 Jenny Wiley Festival will get underway on Wednesday as Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton hosts opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s festival activities will offer something for everyone.
Putt-putt golf will open at 3 p.m. at City Hall. A favorite of many festival goers, the Derby City Amusement Carnival will follow, opening at 5 p.m.
Food and craft vendors will be open to the public on Wednesday as well.
The Jenny Wiley Dog and Cat Show is scheduled for Wednesday, too. The entry fee for the pet show is $10. The pet show will begin at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the pet show will benefit the Floyd County Animal Shelter. For more information, call Jennifer Gardner at 606-886-2335.
The festival fun will continue on Thursday as the arts and crafts tent opens to the public at 10 a.m. Lunchtime entertainment sponsored by Prestonsburg Tourism will be provided on Thursday.
Kids are invited to the arts and crafts tent at 4 p.m. on Thursday for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
Do you think you make the best cake in Floyd County? Now is the time to find out how your cake stacks up to the rest. Area residents can enter the Best Cake at the Festival Contest. The deadline for cake submission is 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. For more information on the cake contest, contact Janice Prater at 606-454-2339.
In observance of Domestic Violence Month, a candle light vigil will be held at the Downtown Center Stage at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Gospel music featuring David Taylor, Southern Cross, Lee and Angie Collins, Slone Family, The Blanton Sisters, and 40 Days Quartet will follow on the festival’s second day.
The Prestonsburg Rotary Club will host a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. on Friday morning at the Floyd County Rescue Squad Building.
Later in the day on Friday, lunchtime entertainment will be sponsored by Prestonsburg Tourism.
The Beatin’ Down the Burg Stereo Competition will be held at Archer Park on Friday, with registration from 3-5 p.m.. The event will start at 6 p.m. For more information about Beatin’ Down the Burg, contact Shay Mullins at 606-331-1865.
A corn hole tournament is also slated for Friday.
One of the festival’s most anticipated events is the Indian Powwow, which will be held at the Old Prestonsburg Elementary School Lot beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday evening.
Live music will continue every night at the Jenny Wiley Festival. Friday night’s live entertainment will include Tracks, Longshot, David Adkins and Kris Bentley.
The Dr. Ron Leslie 5K Run/Walk for Diabetes Awareness will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For more information on the event, call Nan Arnett at 606-886-2788, ext. 247.
The Jenny Wiley Festival Car and Bike Show will be held at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For more information on the show, call Shay Mullins at 606-331-1865.
The Jenny Wiley Festival Parade will start at 3 p.m. at Prestonsburg High School with lineup beginning at 2 p.m.
Live entertainment by Tim Elkins, Nick Jamerson, and Country Music Legend Lorrie Morgan will wrap up the Jenny Wiley Festival on Saturday night.
For more information on the Jenny Wiley Festival, visit www.jwfestival.com.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.