Hillbilly Days Underway In Pikeville

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Hillbillies have invaded Pikeville. The 31st Annual Hillbilly Days is underway.

Organizers call it the second largest festival in the Commonwealth, but the event is for more than just fun.

The Hillbillies rolled into Pikeville on Thursday. They look like they're here to have fun, but,

"The real reason behind Hillbilly Days is to help the kids in the Shriner's Hospital. That's the key to it. Go take care of the kids," said Hillbilly Days Organizer Jimmy Kinney.

Most of the money raised at the three day event goes to the Shriner's Hospital in Lexington to help crippled and other disabled children.

"A few millions of dollars have gone to this festival to help those blessed children, some to walk again," said Pike County Judge Executive Wayne Rutherford.

"Other than Fayette County, Pike and Floyd Counties are the biggest patient counties for that Shriner's Hospital in Lexington," Kinney said.

He says 300 patients come just from Pike County.

"So that's another reason we need to take care of the kids. Most of them are ours," Kinney said.

The Shriner's make it easy for everyone to give money. They have donation sites set up all over the city.

"I'd like to fill this truck up this weekend if we can with cash donations," Kinney said. "Last year we did this and made seven thousand dollars with it. This year, I'm pushing for ten."

They also want to set an overall record total this year for money raised.

"It's a time of fun, but we always want people to remember the purpose of it," Rutherford said.

Behind the corn dogs and funnel cakes, Shriner's say Hillbilly Days could help another child walk one day.

Hillbilly Days runs through Saturday night.


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