Kentucky Apple Festival brings thousands of visitors to Paintsville

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Thousands were in Paintsville this weekend for the 51st Annual Apple Day Festival. Tourism officials say the festival has an impact on the local economy as the town welcomes visitors from across the country.

Folks flooded the streets of downtown on Saturday, for the final day of the Apple Festival.

Paintsville Tourism Chairman Todd Meade says, "It is by far the biggest tourism draw we've got in Paintsville. I think last year we had somebody here from every state except for two."

It is a tradition locals love while it also brings folks from throughout the state and across the country.

Meade says, "It is well known not just in Kentucky but across the United States. When people hear 'Apple Day' they know and understand what that is."

Arthur Applegate, traveled several hours to attend his first Apple Festival this weekend. "I've read about it in the newspapers and I enjoy coming back to this area and I thought I might see some former students from Morehead State that I went to school with," says Applegate.

Tourism officials say the thousands of people the festival brings to Paintsville has a huge impact on their local economy.

"There are several benefits. The tax benefit is definitely a big one, for the commission and the city....and not only a monetary thing but normally aren't here are getting to see our great city, visiting and staying with us and we just love having them," explains Meade.

Visitors say they love all of the attractions, from the food to the carnival rides, but say it is the people that make the festival a success.

Applegate explains his favorite part of the festival, "Seeing the people and the hospitality. They will speak to you and wave to you and that is something Eastern Kentucky people are known for." He adds, "I will definitely make the trip back to Paintsville."

The festival wrapped up Saturday night with a concert by Randy Houser.

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