Hillbilly Days takes over Pikeville

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Music, food, people, and hillbillies. That's what downtown Pikeville has to offer this weekend.

"We love Hillbilly Days. We come every year," said John Baisden.

"We have a great time. We want everybody to come down, and come to Hillbilly Days. Come out and see the festival," said Dennis Baisden.

The festival is simply unique and offers people the chance to find the hillbilly within.

"You come and see people you've never seen before and all the old cars and the outfits and stuff. This is a fun festival," said Jimmy Kinney.

People have traveled far and wide to see what being a true hillbilly is all about.

"We have a lot of people from Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Canada. They're just from all over. They're here," said Kinney.

But there is a purpose to Hillbilly Days besides the costumes and contests.

"Hillbilly Days was created to raise money for the Shriners Hospital, and we always try to make a little money for them and happy to say after 36 years, quite successful," said Kinney.

But it gives hillbillies of all ages a chance to have a little fun.

"We've been hillbillies since 1993," said Jenny "Big Bass" Spetz.

And it lets them embrace the hillbilly lifestyle.

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