April 11-13, 2019


Email Applications to:



Mail Applications to:

Hillbilly Days Festival

Southeast Kentucky Chamber

178 College Street 

Pikeville, KY 41501



Applications received after December 15 will be charged a late fee.

All Vendors MUST pay minimum of 50% deposit.

A photo of your trailer, with tongue and awning, or your tent, is required with application.

A photo of your merchandise is required with application.

Applications will be considered incomplete, if no photos are included.

Once applications are accepted and spaces are assigned, deposits are non-refundable.



The Annual Hillbilly Days Festival was founded in 1977 by a group of Shriners as a means to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, Ky. Two Shriners from Hillbilly Clan 1, Outhouse 2, Howard "Dirty Ear" Stratton and "Shady" Grady Kinney, decided to host a hillbilly parade in Pikeville, Ky. in 1976 after visiting a parade in Portsmouth, Ohio earlier that year. Over the years, the parade grew into a full three-day festival. It has continued ever since. Now, more than 100,000 people from around the country come once a year to experience the festival and the cultural heritage of Appalachia. Many participants still wear overalls and other rural attire, during the festival, while roaming the streets of Pikeville to help raise money for a cause.

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