Coal Appreciation Day was held at the Poke Sallet Festival in Harlan County on Friday. And, Bell County’s own Jimmy Rose headlined the entertainment in what turned out to be his biggest show yet in more than one way.
Officials estimated that more than 8,000 fans showed up at the festival to see Rose’s performance. Rose thanked his fans in between songs and spoke to them about the importance of coal — the eastern Kentucky way of life and the inspiration of his hit song “Coal Keeps the Lights On.”
Rose, speaking to an enthusiastic crowd, summed up the bleak coal economy by saying, “Let’s pray for coal.”
The night was also Rose’s biggest performance to date because he proposed on stage to his girlfriend of two years, Heather Morgan. She said, “yes.”
Prior to bringing his fiancé on stage, Rose told the crowd about how he met Heather — in court of all places — and how she had been by his side since.
Morgan was featured on “America’s Got Talent” during Rose’s initial performance. She stayed with him throughout his appearance on the finale.
Rose serenaded Morgan, singing “Heaven.” He then dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. Tears streamed down her face as he slid the ring on her finger.
The crowd screamed and cheered as the couple hugged.
For more information on Rose’s upcoming shows visit his Facebook fan page.
Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100.