Whitesburg KY

Swappin’ Meetin’ set for Oct. 2-3

The 45th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will be held on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3.

The event is dedicated to the memory of Arthur Johnson, musician, writer and humanitarian, who served as master of ceremonies of the event since its inception. Johnson died last spring.

The Swappin’ Meetin’ showcases music, arts and crafts and food, and includes games for kids as well as amusement rides including the express train and hay wagon.

Local and regional musicians will provide entertainment Friday and Saturday, and a special concert will be staged in the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center on Friday at 6 p.m. in tribute to Johnson.

The event will feature demonstrations on making sorghum molasses, blacksmithing, chair making, basket weaving, pottery and raku pottery, spinning, weaving, spinning tops, shepherding dogs, operation of pedal-powered sewing machines, split-rail fence making, butter churning and folk dancing and clogging.

Throughout the festival an exhibition featuring quilts hand-crafted by area artists will be held in the gallery of the Appalachian Center.

The Friday lineup of entertainment will feature the Family Harmony Trio and Ethel and Jenny, Jim Mullins and Ken Childress, Dovie Sowards, Jennifer Rose, Tammy Chapman and Amazing Grace and from 6 to 8 p.m. a Night of Memories of Arthur Johnson will be held in the Appalachian Center theater.

Set for Saturday are performances by Pine Mountain Grass, Mount Sinai Volunteers, Jennifer Rose, Mountain Drive, Sugar and Spice Cloggers and Cody Simpson.

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