PRESTONSBURG — This year’s Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival promises to have even more down-home country charm and events for the 2013 year.
The festival officially gets rolling on Sept. 20, at Stonecrest Golf Course for the annual Jenny Wiley Golf Scramble.
The carnival and vendors will begin setting up on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in downtown Prestonsburg. Vendors will open their doors beginning at 5 p.m. Dance Etc. Studio of Dance will be at the Prestonsburg High School gym at 6 p.m., and several events will also be going on at the downtown pavilion, including a martial arts demonstration, a cornhole tournament and a talent contest.
On Oct. 10, the arts and crafts tent will officially open at 9 a.m. and vendors will be open all day. Thursday will also feature various local entertainers on the main stage beginning at 7 p.m., including Ron Ramey, Marlena VanHoose, the Blanton Sisters, Ronnie Spriggs, From the Heart and David Taylor.
Vendors will be open all day Friday and local talent will be on the main stage from noon until 4 p.m. followed by Blue Grass Extravaganza, Five Miles from Nowhere, The Moron Brothers, and Blackpowder Express performing from 6 to 11 p.m.
On Saturday, festival goers will be treated to the Jenny Wiley Festival Car and Motorcycle Show at Big Sandy Community and Technical College and a 5k run for Diabetes Awareness fund raising. The annual parade will begin at 3 p.m. and vendors will be open all day. Musical acts will again be on stage beginning at 5 p.m. and headliner Ricky Lynn Gregg will close off the week’s performances at 6:30 p.m.
One aspect of the Jenny Wiley Festival got underway last weekend, as contestants from around the region descended on the Mountain Arts Center to take park in this year’s Jenny Wiley Beauty Pageant. The event was held Sept. 7 at the MAC.