PAGEANT SISTERS — Miss Mountain Heritage Hannah Lucas (left) and Miss Teen Mountain Heritage Rachel Lucas both smiled during the parade. Hannah, 22, is a senior at the University of Pikeville, where she is majoring in social work. Rachel, 16, is a junior at Letcher County Central High School.
The 31st annual Mountain Heritage Festival was held in Whitesburg last week. Most of the photos seen on this page were taken during the parade held Saturday while another was taken earlier in the festival. (Photos by Chris Anderson and Sally Barto)
Mountain Heritage Baby Pageant runner-up Carlee Couch rode through the parade.
Jaci Collier, one of the Mountain Heritage pageant winners, sparkles in the sun.
Addi Lynn Bailey, winner of the baby pageant’s 13-18 months category, waved to the crowd.
Little Miss Mountain Heritage Ashlie Eldridge held onto one of two trophies she had.
Wee Miss Mountain Heritage pageant winner Julie Karsyn Gibbs tossed candy and gum.
Fourteen-month-old Connor Robert Allen Smith rode on an allterrain vehicle in the parade with his parents, Brandy and Kyle Smith of Whitesburg. Connor is the winner of the ARH Cutest Baby Contest held by Appalachian Regional Hospital and WYMT-TV and launched on Facebook on May 13. There were 580 baby photos submitted and 52,147 votes were cast. Conner had received 9,882 votes when voting ended August 13.
Kensley Adams and Grant Barto carried the Mountain Heritage Festival banner to signify the beginning of the parade.
Winners of the Mountain Heritage Festival’s Mini Mountain Mudder competition in the 10 and under group were Heidi Bentley and Kaylee Banks. (Photo by Connie Fields)
Elite Spinners twirler Gracie Day marched through the parade.
Stamper Collins earned a ride in the parade after being crowned King Cougar during the Letcher County Central High School powder puff tournament last week.
… as was the Letcher County Central High School Marching Band, seen crossing the bridge over the North Fork of the Kentucky River.
The Jenkins Pee Wee Cheerleaders were represented in the parade through Main Street …