Breathitt County Honey Festival

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

People filled the streets of downtown Jackson Sunday for the 34th annual Breathitt County Honey Festival.

Organizers say people from all over Kentucky came out to enjoy the atmosphere.

Juanita Callahan has been a part of the Breathitt County Honey Festival since it began 34 years ago.

"We had a cotton candy machine and we sold cotton candy for years," said Callahan.

Now she works with Morris Fork Crafts which sells only Appalachian made crafts at the festival.

"Well I think it's meant a lot to the county over the years," said Callahan.

Besides 73 craft booths, no festival would be complete without live music, food, and fun for the whole family which is why this festival has been in existence for so long.

"This is the 34th year and it's part of our heritage, and if you talk about heritage you have to talk about the Breathitt County Honey Festival," said festival organizer Clara Gabbard.

Even though the Honey Festival is full of craft booths and live music, most people say the highlight of the event is the corn dogs!

"This is it you're looking at it, corn dogs, greatest in the world," said corn dog lover Martin Russell.

These secret-recipe corn dogs have been around just about as long as the Honey Festival, and selling them is a privilege.

"I was probably around five or six, and I used to stick the corn dogs inside, but this year I get to work inside the booth with my family," said corn dog vendor Victoria Hollan.

A lot of hard work that helps boost the local economy.

The festival will continue until 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

Monday morning the booths will be closed, but the festival continues with the Honey Run Walk and a golf tournament..

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