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Hillbilly Days Festival

April 16-18, 2020

Email Applications to:

hbd@sekchamber.com

Mail Applications to:

Hillbilly Days Festival
Southeast Kentucky Chamber
178 College Street
Pikeville, KY 41501

  • Apps received after December 31 charged late fee
  • Vendors MUST pay minimum of 50% deposit
  • Photo of trailer with tongue & awning required with app
  • Photo of tent required with app
  • Photo of merchandise required with app
  • Apps considered incomplete without photos
  • Once booth spaces assigned, deposits are non-refundable

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors!

Kentucky Power Main Stage
Kentucky Power logo
Marathon Petroleum Family Fun Zone
Marathon logo

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.