PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT)- The final day of the Hillbilly Days Festival wrapped up on Saturday. Folks came out for one last chance to enjoy all of the music, food, and entertainment offered at the festival.
One festival vendor Rocky Cukamnut said the festival was, “A lot of food, and a lot fun.” Cukamnut works with the Bangkok House, which has been in this same spot on Main Street during Hillbilly Days for 27 years. He says a lot of the customers are repeats and are waiting on him every year.
The city of Pikeville also gets a big economic boost from the festival. Donovan Blackburn says the festival is a ,”Great contribution to the community, our hotels stay full, restaurants stay full, people buy our gas, shop our stores so economically it is great.”
Proceeds from the festival go to the Shriner’s, which goes to help children. James Mason with the Shriner’s says the money goes to help burned and crippled children.
And that theme of giving to others continued on as UK basketball player Archie Goodwin won $200 riding the mechanical bull and then walked that cash down to the coats for kid’s booth. He said “I always wanted to try it and I gave the money to charity. I didn't need it, so it is always good to give back when you can.”
A good time, plenty of good food, and important life lessons learned all while supporting the Shriner's Childrens Hospital. The festivities wrapped up at 11:00pm Saturday.