By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
It has begun.
The 66th Annual Daniel Boone Festival kicked off Sunday afternoon, and will be in full force through Saturday night.
From 4-7 p.m. today, registration for the art, photography and quilt contest will be held at city hall.
Art lovers will have the chance to view local and regional talent with the 2013 Daniel Boone Festival Art Show — which will get set up in city hall.
The theme for this year’s show is “A Tribute To Daniel Boone.”
There is a $5 entry fee per category. Categories include watercolor, photography, pencil, statue, wood carvings, and more.
There are also age divisions, which vary depending on the category.
Also today is the presentation and coronation of this year’s pageants — that kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Knox County Middle School gym. Admission is $3.
On Tuesday — children, teens and adults alike will have the chance to ride various carnival rides — they will also be set up in the downtown area and will start the festivities at 4 p.m.
Registration for the art, photography and quilt contest will continue 4-7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Knox Middle School gym will host the Knox County Cancer Patient Fund Benefit Gospel Singing featuring the Parkway Baptist Church Youth Choir and The Voices Praise. This singing begins at 6 p.m. and there is no admission fee.
The Wagon Train arrives at Lay Elementary School 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and food booth set-up in Pioneer Village begins at 6 p.m. The carnival rides open Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The Primitive Camp will be set up Thursday from 9 a.m. until late. The Crafts Village will also be in full swing from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church parking lot.
Pioneer Village will begin offering food and beverages 10 a.m. Thursday and remain open for hungry festival-goers through 11 p.m.
The art, photography and quilt show display will be available to view from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in city hall.
The Wagon Train will be parked at Lay Elementary School from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
On Thursday, carnival lovers will be able to start riding rides at 2 p.m.
Also on Thursday, there will be the stage open for the Indian Entertainment from 4-4:45 p.m.
At 5 p.m., there will be the Knox County Porch Pickers and Dulcimer Music playing at city hall.
The front stage will host bluegrass music from 5-8:30 p.m.
Registration for the talent show will be at the Knox County Annex lot at 5 p.m. — and there are limited registration slots available. The show itself begins at 7 — and at the same time and location the Best Beard contest will begin,
The concert stage will host the Gospel Concert, which features The Potter’s Will, the Kevin Rice Band and Driven — that spiritual music is slated to start at 5 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. in there Knox County Annex lot, the Family Night Big Wheel Race will start.
The front stage will also be open for entertainers from 8:30-11 p.m. Thursday.
On Friday, Oct. 11, Cherokee entertainment will be featured on the concert stage beginning at 1 p.m. The Knox County Porch Pickers will perform at city hall beginning at 5 p.m.
The front stage will also be open for entertainers from 5-11 p.m. Friday.
At 5:30 p.m. the annual Daniel Boone Festival Feast begins, which includes food, the signing of the Cane Treaty, Cherokee entertainment, the Friendship Dance and much more. This will be held at the National Guard Armory on Manchester Street. Tickets for this event at $6 at the door.
At 6:30 p.m., Dewayne Spaw kicks off the musical entertainment on the front stage. At 7:45 Travis Wayne from Redneck Island will perform, followed by Jason Michael Carroll at 9:30. The concert stage is in Court Square — and all concerts that night are free and open to the public.
The celebration starts early Saturday, the last day of the festival.
From 6:30-8:30 a.m., the Barbourville Fire Department will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast at Jesse D. Lay Elementary School. Tickets are available from any fire department member or at the door that morning.
The Daniel Boone Festival 4 Miler fun run/walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday.
Interested folks can register until Oct. 10 for $15, but folks may still register right up to the day of the race for $20.
Registration the day of the race begins at 7 a.m.
Registration checks must be made out to the Runners Shop, in Corbin, which is the sponsor of the race.
The course begins at the Union College Student Center, winds its way through downtown Barbourville, and finish up at the student center.
John Cheek and Joann Cheek are sponsors of the Car Show, set to be held at the Barbourville Recreational Park beginning at 9 a.m. There is an entry fee for participation in this car show.
The Crafts Village will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church parking lot on North Main Street.
The front stage will host entertainment from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Long Rifle Shootout will begin 10 a.m., as will the Best Dressed Man, Woman, Boy and Girl contest — all this occurs at Lay Field. An entry fee is required.
This year’s parade is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Anyone wishing to participate in the annual parade should get their applications mailed in by Wednesday, Oct. 9, and on parade day line-up begins at 11 a.m.
Float line-up is 11 a.m., bands at 1 p.m., and horses at 1:45 p.m. A limited-entry car show parade line-up also begins at 1:45 p.m.
And in order to encourage increased participation — all entry fees have been waived for this year’s parade.
Entertainment following the parade will be on the front stage, and includes the Cumberland Gap Line Dance Club and the Sugar & Spice Cloggers as well as Cherokee Entertainment. From 7-8 p.m., Rachel Lynn will perform, followed by Voices of Praise from 8-9 p.m.
The Court Square concert stage will host the Daniel Boone Festival Concert after the parade, beginning with Dewayne Spaw at 7:15 p.m. followed by Sweetwater Rain at 8:30 p.m.
These concerts are free and open to the public.
The Wagon Train will continue to be at Lay Elementary from 5 p.m.-late.
Members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Nation from North Carolina will also participate throughout the weeklong festival, as they have done since 1948.
For more information on anything concerning the festival, visit the website at danielboonefestival.com.
Festival to continue through Saturday
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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