By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
It’s festival time in Barbourville. The city’s 66th annual Daniel Boone Festival is well under way — and the weather could not have cooperated any better.
The celebration offers a variety of activities, events and entertainment, and will continue through Saturday.
The Primitive Camp will be set up today 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 this morning at 10 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, which arrived Wednesday, will be parked at Lay Elementary School from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Carnival lovers will be able to start riding rides at 2 p.m. today.
Also this afternoon, there will be the stage open for the Indian Entertainment from 4-4:45 p.m.
Then 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 entertainment 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 tonight.
On Friday, 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 today 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 — 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.
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.
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