Mountain Laurel Festival underway in Bell County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

One of the oldest festivals in Kentucky is going on this weekend.

The Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville started back in 1931 and is held every Memorial Day weekend.

People came out in droves on Friday, even with the heat, filling up the streets of the Bell County city.

Those we talked to say the festival is one of the highlights of the year in their area.

"We've been looking forward to this festival for months and we've been preparing and preparing and it's finally here and we're so excited that it's finally here." Ashley Madon, who is on the arrangements committee said.

"It's such a wonderful tradition and it's something awesome to be a part of. It's been a great experience and one of the highlights of my college career." Jefra Bland, the 2011 Mountain Laurel Festival Queen said.

The 82 year old festival honors Thomas Walker, one of the first explorers to visit Pineville in 1750. The streets are filled with vendors who celebrate mountain heritage.

People tell us they are looking forward to a fun weekend highlighted with the queen coronation.

Other events this weekend include the parade and a 5k run.

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