Mainstreet Pineville Director Jacob Roan says officials have been busy preparing for the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival (KMLF).
“Work on the 2014 KMLF began as soon as the 2013 festival ended,” explained Roan.
Roan describes the preparations as a joint-effort from numerous facets.
“Tuck Woolum has organized an amazing weekend with the help of numerous volunteers and committee chairs,” continued Roan. “This year, Ashley Madon and myself have accepted applications from 20 colleges across the state. We have worked to plan a fun-filled weekend for these college students and look forward to meeting them on Thursday morning.”
The festival begins on this Saturday. Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. at the Bell Theatre with the Little Miss Mountain Laurel Pageant. Admission to the pageant is $5. The festivities continue on Wednesday with the downtown carnival opening at 5 p.m.
Downtown arts and crafts begin at 8 a.m. each day next week from Thursday through May 24. The Bell County Homemakers Quilt Show will also take place on Thursday. The quilt show begins at 9 a.m. in the Bell County Courthouse basement and registration is required.
Also on Thursday, there will be an all day picnicking event at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park and the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY will be giving out free books.
The official opening of the KMLF will be held at the Bell County High School Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The Princess and Queen Candidates will be announced and entertainment will be provided by country music singer Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn. Pineville’s own Jimmy Rose will be opening for Brooks.
The Queen’s Reception and Open House will be held at 3 p.m. on May 23 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Capps on Ridgewood Circle. At 4 p.m. there will be downtown entertainment and karaoke contest with Brian O’Brien. The princess coronation will take place at 8:30 at the Pineville High School Gymnasium. Admission is $5. A fireworks display that can be seen from downtown Pineville will end the night at 10:30.
May 24 begins with the KMLF 5k at 8 a.m. and the Golf Classic at Wasioto Winds Golf Course at 9 a.m. The Gala Parade begins at 10 a.m. in Downtown Pineville. This year’s Grand Marshall is Jimmy Rose. The parade is followed by the Governor’s Luncheon which honors Gov. Steve L. Beshear. The luncheon takes place at the Pine Mountain State Park Lodge, is open to the public and admission is $25. The Queens Coronation follows at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater at 2 p.m.
Pre-ball entertainment will take place at the Pineville High School Gymnasium at 7L30 and will feature America’s Got Talent contestants The Chicago Boys. The Grand Ball begins at 8 p.m. in the gym. Music will be provided by the Sensations and admission is $25.
A Community Worship Service at 8 a.m. on May 25 will be followed by the Queens Breakfast at 9 a.m. Breakfast is open to the public and admission is $15. Both events will take place at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100.