Plans set for first ever 'Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Festival'

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - There are less than two weeks from the start of a brand new festival in the mountains. Organizers worked for months on the event and have some exciting things planned for folks who attend the Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days Festival.

City officials say they have many events planned, including two that are both unique and firsts for the city.

Pikeville's Director of Attractions and Events, Sean Cochran says, "This festival is a throwback to our heritage and culture, with arts and crafts, but we also want to have enough events to make sure people have something to do every day."

A couple of those events will be centered around fast cars. City Commissiner Barry Chaney says, "We will have a car show and this trophy will be given to the best in show along with a thousand dollars. Then at 6 p.m. the drag racing will start here in the Riverfill."

The City of Pikeville is teaming up with 'Arm Drop Guy' Kent Rose to hold the city's first ever drag race with a special guest…Brett Wagner from the Speed Channel.

Chaney says, "It is going to be quite a turnout, quite a show for Pikeville."

Another event organizers say is a first for the city is the 'Ruff Tuff Cuss Race'.

Cochran explains, "It is a 6 mile course through the mountains with 2,800 feet of elevation change up and down, 10 obstacles."

Organizers say with the popularity of obstacle races like the 'Tough Mudder' and 'Warrior Dash', city officials realized they had the perfect setting to do one Hatfield and McCoy style.

"It is an absolute perfect setting. A lot of places they do these, they have flat land they don't have the topography we do, so they have to make the obstacles...we don't have to do that. We are building some obstacles but most of them just work in conjunction with the mountains," says Cochran.

With many other events planned like a parade, street vendors, and a concert by country music star Rodney Atkins...officials are hopeful for a big turnout.

Chaney says, "It is going to be a good event, great for local businesses but you know this is more about families. Getting out and enjoying the events and it is not going to cost you a lot of money."

The festival runs August 31st through September 2nd.

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