Folks say festival is good for local economy

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Some folks say the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is great for the local economy.

People travel from all around to visit the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.

"It's really good. I'm having a good time," said Dianna Langston, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The cook of Flocoe Restaurant in Pineville, Ruth Serneels, says her restaurant gets much busier this time of year.

"I mean you've got more people here. So they just happen to come in. I think it has a tremendous effect on our business," Serneels said.

An owner of Long's Pic Pac Supermarket, Mike Long, says he looks forward to the mountain laurel festival every year because it is his busiest weekend.

"Not so much of people coming in our store that are spending from out of town. There's a little bit of that. But if someone is having to entertain eight or 10, and they're normal shoppers anyway. They have to buy for them but it trickles down and it works great for us," said Long.

The Bell County Judge Executive, Albey Brock, says the Coronation ceremonies this week, which are part of the festival, bring in people from across the state.

"We've got people from midway here. We've got people from richmond here in the county, from Morehead. So these families come in to Pineville for the first time. And who knows? They may come back," said Judge Brock.

Officials say the festival causes motels to fill up, and people to buy more gas and food. They say it also gives folks like Rachel Carr, who makes soap and body oils, an opportunity to sell their goods.

This year marks the 83rd kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.

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