Many folks who attended one festival that honors coal expressed their opinions on the "Stop the War on Coal" Act.
The annual Black-Gold Festival traces its roots back to the 1937 Hazard Coal Carnival.
Decades later, coal remains a primary topic of discussion and debate.
Many here in the mountains say coal isn't just a way to make a living---it's a way of life.
On Friday, House Republicans passed legislation aiming to restrict President Obama's policies on coal.
Some believe the current policies in place hinder economic progress here in the mountains.
Other folks say that first and foremost the coal industry needs to be environmentally responsible.
Both sides hope that the government can find a way to protect the environment while protecting the people here in Kentucky.
The "Stop the War on Coal" rally will be held Saturday at 7:30 in front of the “Coal Mining is Our Future” tent.