Mountain music, Appalachian art and more: Hillbilly Days under way in Pikeville, KY
PIKEVILLE, KY (WCHS/WVAH) —
Dance to some mountain music and don your best overalls - it's time to embrace your inner hillbilly this weekend.
The 40th annual Hillbilly Days is off and running in Pikeville, Ky. The festival started in 1977 and is one of the largest festivals in Kentucky
For three days, dozens of vendors and booths line the streets of downtown Pikeville, celebrating the hillbilly culture.
There will be music and some crazy hillbilly-type games such as outhouse races. Organizers are expecting about 100,000 people during the three-day event. In the past, folks have come from as far away as Australia and Canada and various parts of the United States.
The best part of Hillbilly Days is it's a fundraiser for Shriner's Children's Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Over the 40-year history of the event, more than $2 million has been raised for the hospital.
Hillbilly Days ends Saturday night.
Road Trippin' host Terry Burhans will be live all day Friday on Eyewitness News from the event.
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For more information, visit the Pike County tourism site.