PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) The Eastern Kentucky Coal Rally drew in folks from all over the state to one Pike County auditorium Saturday.
Hundreds gathered at Pikeville High School to support coal and each other.
Senator Mitch McConnell was one of many government leaders on hand, spreading encouragement and new ideas.
"We'll be trying to promote coal any way that we can all across America," said McConnell.
The Senate Minority Leader says he hopes rallies like these boost the morale of Eastern Kentucky, and inspire hope in folks that depend on the coal industry.
Eastern Kentucky native and coal supporter Jimmy Rose was also there, putting on a show for some that may be going through tough times.
"It lets them know that the fight is still going on and that coal is not dead," said State Representative Keith Hall, "and that we continue to live to fight for another day and we continue to energize the people."
Speakers say the future of coal depends on innovation and creativity.
"There are new markets out there, we've got to find them," said Hall.
Hoping these gatherings keep communities close by spreading hope.