Whitesburg KY

Mountain Heritage Festival calendar of events

32nd Mountain Heritage Festival

Sept. 22-27

“ Letcher County … Where the highest of dreams begin”


Lee Anna Mullins

Committee Members

Lee Adams

Derek Barto

Sally Barto

Patricia Bentley

Whitney Bentley

Mendy Boggs

Billy Brown

Chris Caudill

David Caudill

Katie Caudill

Connie Fields

Donnie Fields

Phillip Hampton

Tina Hogg

Wendy Jones

Robert Lewis

Tricia Lewis

Missy Matthews

Angie Mullins

Charles Polly

Rachel Polly

Aaron Profitt

Kristie Profitt

Roxie Smith

The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee is dedicating its event brochure to the memory of Carol Anne Litts, who served on the committee from 1994 until her death on July 15, 2014.

Sept. 18

Heritage Photo Contest and Photo Display

Amateur and Professional

Black & White and Colored Photos

Entries received Wednesday, Sept. 17, and Sept. 18 between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. at the Dawahare’s Department Store building. Deadline for entry is Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m.

Applications are online @ www.mountainheritagefestival.com or by calling Patricia Bentley 606-634-6283.

Sept. 17

Poetry/Essay and Poster Contest

Poster contest is for children K-4, Poetry and Essay is for all ages.

Entries received on Sept. 18 at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library.

Contact : Angie Mullins 606- 633- 5652 or Legina Adams 606-633-7547.

Sept. 20

Mountain Mudder 2014

5K team-based obstacle course and mini mountain mudder, 9 a.m.

Registration at the Mountain Heritage Village parking lot.

$25 per person, teams of 2-4 people ages 13 & up.

A separate event will be held for ages 13 and under.

Contact: Mendy Boggs 606-589-6226 OR 859-361- 5630

Food City Fun And Games

Noon, Food City

Shopping cart race, watermelon spitting contest, hot dog and hamburger eating contests.

Come join the fun at the Food City parking lot!

Contact : Chris Caudill 606-634-1615

Sept. 21

”Bark in Park” Dog Show

Hosted by Almost Home Shelter Pet Rescue

Whitesburg River Park and Walking Track

Activities begin at 12:30. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Show begins at 2:00.

No admission cost. Donations appreciated.

All proceeds go to Almost Home Shelter Pet Rescue.

Contact: Bettina Vanover 634-5934 or Tammy Noble, tnt1234@windstream.net Pet photo packages, food and fun.

Sept. 22

WTCW/ WXKQ Talent Show

7 p.m., Mountain Heritage

Festival Stage

Contact : WTCW/WXKQ 606-633-2711

Sept. 23

Quilt Show, Canning and Baking Contest, Arts and Crafts Contests

Letcher County Extension Office. Contact: Ann Bradley, 606-633-2362.

Down Home Family Night

5 to 8 p.m., Mountain Heritage Festival Village

Free hotdogs and all the trimming

Free health care screenings

Games and cupcake decorating for the kids

Music by the Pure and Simple Band

Bring your own chair and join the fun.

Sponsored by Whitesburg ARH Hospital

Contact: Rachel Breeding, 606-633-3572

The Photo Hunt

5:30 Festival Booth (beside the stage)

Use your digital camera or cell phone to take pictures of items on the list. Most items can be found inside the MHF Village. Once you have fully completed the list, bring the list and pictures to the MHF Booth (green building next to stage), one of the MHF committee members will verify the pictures. The first person from each group to return with the list completed and verified by the MHF committee will win the prize of that group.

There are two categories: prize for the 10-16 age group is a free pizza; prize for the 17 & up age group is a free MHF T-Shirt.

Contact: Rachel Polly 634-7819 or Charles Polly 634-7057

Cupcake Decorating Contest

6:30 p.m., Mountain Heritage Festival Village

Icing and decorative items will be supplied.

3 age groups: k-1st grade; 2nd & 3rd grades; 4th & 5th grades

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes in each group

Letcher County’s Got Talent!

Sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee

8 p.m.

Contact: Wendy Jones after 5 p.m. at 276-207-7933 or Lee Anna Mullins 606- 633-9644

Sept. 24

Wednesday through Saturday there will be free live entertainment each night on the festival stage. Schedule is subject to change as new events are added.

Whitesburg Day

Main street Whitesburg, food booths, crafts booths set up for the day and window displays.

Contact: Lee Adams 606- 633-2362

Old Time Country Dinner

Soup beans, cornbread, kraut and wieners, dessert and drinks for $5. Proceeds benefit the Ovarian Cancer Screening Program.

Location: Letcher County Extension Office

Contact: Ann Bradley 606-633-2362

Mountain Heritage Festival food booths open at 4 p.m.

Contact: Phillip Hampton 606-633-4823

Stage Entertainment

5 p.m. 4-H Awards

6 p. m. Cornerstone Church

7 p.m. Letcher County’s Got Talent

8 p.m. 4-H Performing Arts

9 p.m. 7 South Band

Sept. 25

Arts and Crafts Tent opens 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Contact: Connie Fields 606-378-2226 or 606-634- 1173

Food Booths open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Contact: Phillip Hampton 633-4823

Stage Entertainment

5 p.m. Dawson Creek

6 p.m. Tyra Short

7 p.m. Letcher County’s Got Talent

8 p.m. Taylyn Combs

9 p.m. Country Troubadours

Sept. 26

Crafts Demonstrator Tent opens 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Featuring wood carving, pottery, spinning and more

Contact: Missy Matthews 606-633-2525

Stage Entertainment

5 p. m. Cross Country Bluegrass

6 p.m. Pure and Simple

7 p. m. Talent Show fourth night

8 p.m. Kori Breeding

9 p.m. Brookyln Woods

Saturday, Sept. 27

Arts and Crafts Tent opens 10 a.m. -10 p.m.

Contact: Connie Fields 606-378-2226 or 606-634- 1173

Food Booths open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Contact: Phillip Hampton 633-4823

Crafts Demonstrator Tent opens 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Featuring wood carving, pottery, spinning and more.

Contact: Missy Matthews 606-633-2525


Opening ceremonies 10:30 a.m., rain or shine, in front of the Letcher County Courthouse. Civil War soldiers of the Ben E. Camp #1629 will fire their cannon to start the largest parade in eastern Kentucky.

11 a.m. parade begins

Miss Kentucky U. S. A, Destin Kincer, along with Dr. Shelba Proffitt will serve as grand marshals for the 2014 Mountain Heritage Festival Parade.

Parade includes a marching band competition sponsored by the Letcher County Tourism Convention Committee.

Cash prizes awarded. First place will receive $1,000, second will receive $750, third will receive $500 and fourth will receive $250.

Contact: Tricia Lewis 606-633-9184

Stage Entertainment

1:30 p.m. Parade Awards

2:15 p.m. Bridgette Roberts and Jack Adams

3 p.m. StreetSide Star

4 p.m. Shelley Young

5 p.m. Cole Curtsinger, Kim Reynolds

6 p. m. Paul Brandon Fields

7 p.m. Letcher County’s Got Talent

8 p.m. Cory Harris

9 p.m. Halfway To Hazard

Chad Warrix and David Tolliver return to the Mountain Heritage Festival. Many may remember David as a young boy performing on the flatbed stage at the Mountain Heritage Festival.

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