By Kyle Lovern
August 30, 2013
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, August 30 through September 2, in downtown Pikeville, Ky.
Pike County Tourism, along with Pikeville City Tourism, Pike County and Pikeville City government, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and many other local entities have worked together diligently to ensure that this inaugural event is an exciting event of the fall season. Pike County Tourism has released the Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days’ revised schedule of events that is now available from their office in the Hampton Inn of Pikeville, KY, as well as the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, located at the Garfield House in Pikeville. The schedule is available online at www.tourpikecounty.com. New events added to the schedule include the Hatfield’s & McCoy’s Paintball Tournament will include members of the Hatfield and McCoy families participating in a paintball shootout in downtown Pikeville, on August 31, beginning at 6 p.m. The Hatfield McCoy Hawg’ Trial Motorcycle Show will be held on Saturday, with the bikes planned to be displayed from the Main Street Courthouse to Pike Street. Lineup and registration will open at 10 a.m., and judging will be at 4:30 p.m.
A Muscle on Main Car Show on Sunday is scheduled between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. A $1000 Best in Show prize will be awarded, along with a 5 foot trophy. The Muscle on Main Cruise-In will take place on Monday, September 2, from 10 a.m. until 2: p.m., also Main Street. The Hatfield- McCoy “Ruff, Tuff, and Cuss” Obstacle Race, will also be on Monday, between 8:00 a.m. until noon, and will begin at the Bob Amos Park. Also remember that Rodney Atkins will be performing at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, on Saturday the 31st at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Appalachian Wireless Box Office, or you may charge by phone (1-800-745-3000) or purchase them at ticketmaster.com.
Hatfield-McCoy tours will be available on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring local historian Reed Potter. The tours will begin at 10 a.m. from the Pike County Tourism Office. Gospel music will be featured on Sunday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Pikeville City Park. The Carnival will be kick off on Friday, the 30th at 6 p.m., and will be featured throughout the event. With two theatre productions available, a major Geocaching Event, arts, crafts and food and much more, the Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days is a must
see event. “This is our first year for Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days, so the excitement is certainly brewing in our surrounding region and beyond.” Stated Tony Tackett, Pike County Tourism CVB Executive Director said. “We expect to see this grow into another beloved event for Pike County.” Clifford Gene New, feud descendent and organizer of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s Paintball Tournament, has been working hard to bring the two families together for the event.
“I’m excited to bring both sides of my family, Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, together for a paintball shootout.” He said. “This is our first Hatfield and McCoy Paintball Tournament and it will be interesting to see both families compete and have a good time with one another.” “It is our intention that Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days becomes the most dynamic new festival in the Southeast United States,” said Pike County Judge/Executive Wayne T. Rutherford. “We have seen a tourism explosion here in Pike County, all centered on a renewed interest in this remarkable human saga that is a part of our unique Appalachian heritage.
“This place is unlike any other in America with its majestic natural beauty, warm southern hospitality and larger-than-life folklore. Now, this one-of-a-kind festival will honor and pay tribute to the world’s most famous feud in a very special way that’s not to be missed.”