Visitors flock to 83rd Mountain Laurel festival in Pineville

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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It is a festival that is older than most people attending.

The Kentucky Mountain Laurel festival dates back to the early 1930's and is still going strong.

People are out in force for the 83rd Mountain Laurel festival in downtown Pineville.

Funnel cakes to anything else fried lines the streets around the Courthouse. Vendors sell their one of a kind arts and crafts. Games and rides are available. Music is always playing.

The festival dates back eight decades. Some people come every year.

The festival also sees new people every year. College students come from across Kentucky for the Mountain Laurel Queen festivities.

This year's festival theme is "Better and Ever" and people here say this Mountain Laurel lives up to being "better than ever."

There are many more events planned for Saturday Including one called "Dancing in the Street" where organizers expect thousands of people.

Friday night, a new princess was crowned. The princess and queen coronations are part of the festival dating back to the 1930s.

The princess candidates represent their local high schools.
Our own Tanner Hesterberg was the emcee tonight.

The new princess is Taylor Blake Grigsby from Middlesboro High School.

The Queen Coronation is tomorrow. Candidates are from Kentucky's colleges.

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