The members of the Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission have been named grand Marshals of this year’s Mountain Heritage parade, reflecting the new commission’s efforts in building overlooks and establishing tours and events in the county.
The Mountain Heritage Committee announced the choice this week.
The commission is made up of members Missy Matthews, commission chair and CEO of Childers oil, Kyle Smith, a Little Cowan resident, Winston Lee, a teacher, coach and organizer of the annual bicycle race on Pine Mountain, Sandy Hogg, head of the Letcher County Schools TV channel, Richard Brown, the Letcher County Property Valuation Administrator who is involved in Civil War re-enactments, Maxine Quillen, a resident of Daniels Branch, Colin Fultz, owner of Kentucky Mist Moonshine, and Jessica Howard, who handles marketing for the commission.
The commission began working on overlooks on Pine Mountain last fall with the help of several area businesses and volunteers. There are now five overlooks on along U.S. 119.
The new commission has also started guided tours led by volunteers familiar with the county and its attractions, and sponsors free outdoor music shows Saturday nights during summer and fall in downtown Whitesburg.