Cumberland 'bears' display of their city symbol at Swappin' Meetin'

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Officials at the Southeastern Kentucky Community and Technical College unveil six new attractions at this year's 47th annual kingdom come Swappin Meetin'.

These black bears are the symbol of the city of Cumberland and more than 200 community residents painted them to be displayed in various locations.

The fiber glass bears were painted by various people including members of the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Heritage Development Board, Woman’s Club, local artist and students, and each one has a sign telling its story.

“The Harlan County High School was involved, the kids at Cumberland Elementary were involved... we have had people from probably preschool up to senior citizens that have actually had a part in producing these bears,” said Tracy Bailey, Director of the Cumberland Tourism Commission.

“We were very fortunate to obtain the brushy fork grant,” said Bailey. The grant ended up being for around 13,000. Officials from the tourism commission say that the bears took around four months to complete.

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