During a Bell County Tourism Commission meeting Tuesday, the centennial celebration of the National Park Service was discussed.
The celebration will include the distribution of a Unites States minted quarter which will represent Kentucky with a depiction of Daniel Boone. The quarter will be circulated in Unites States banks to celebrate the ancestry and historical significance of the Cumberland Gap.
Festivities at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will include three days of commemorations spanning April 9 through 11 including a trade fair, a sunset walk through the Cumberland Gap and reenactors on the front lawn of the visitors center.
“We’re expecting between 10 and 15,000 people at the event and this may seem like a large group of people, but we’re going for everybody, different groups of people — people that collect quarters, historic reenactors, targeting youth children for the educational aspect,” said CGNHP Superintendent Sula Jacobs.
The Bell Theater expects construction and renovations to be completed mid-October.
The Bell Theater has teamed up with the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, the Barter Theater in Abingdon and the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown to book a full schedule with a variety of events. A full calendar will soon be available showing acts until June.
“We still have a lot of work to do over the next few years to get it really up to date, but we will be able to open and start showing stuff,” said Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan.
According to tourism director Judy Barton, June 2015 has been the best month so far for revenue from hotel bookings since the tourism board has been keeping numbers. She noted that the highest visitor numbers are seen usually during July or October due to national holidays and the changing of the leaves.
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