Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival
2nd weekend of October
The Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival is held the second weekend in October in Prestonsburg. The Jenny Wiley Festival is a week of food, fun, free entertainment, arts & crafts and more. The Jenny Wiley Festival celebrates the brave pioneer spirit of the Appalachians where Jenny Wiley and others endured a hard frontier life. Yet, they still moved forward and helped settle this land.
Kentucky Highland Folk Festival
Mountain Arts Center
50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
The Annual presentation of the Kentucky Highland Folk Festival, initiated in 1964 by Mrs. Edith James, is a unique celebration of the area's heritage and culture. “Miss Edith” studied music at the Peabody Conservatory and sang with the Baltimore Symphony. Her love of the hills was strong, so she returned to Eastern Kentucky. Her studies served to heighten her appreciation for the music and culture of the area. In order to preserve the music tradition and heritage of Eastern Kentucky and present it to the public, the Kentucky Highland Folk Festival began. After “Miss Edith’s” death, many wonderful friends, family and volunteers have worked tirelessly to continue the festival. Scheduled events include demonstrations in clogging, the Virginia reel, Appalachian folk tunes, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, fiddle, basket making, woodcarving, furniture making, painting of gourds, hand-blown glass jewelry, quilting, hand-crafted dulcimers and chair seat weaving. So, bring an instrument, come and sing, join the fun on the stage, eat good food, enjoy the arts and crafts or simply sit back and relax. The Annual Kentucky Highland Folk Festival is held at the Mountain Arts Center in conjunction with the Battle of MiddleCreek reenactment every year.
Red, White and Blue Festival
The Red, White, and Blue Days Festival is held the third weekend in October in Martin, KY. The festival was founded in 1969, by Marcella Bailey to honor the area's veterans. The festival consists of arts and crafts, local entertainment, carnival rides, food and fun. The festival is also known for its Car Show that is held the Saturday of the festival. Red, White, and Blue Days pays tribute to the veterans with a Veterans' Memorial Dinner and Flag Raising Ceremony.
Middle Creek National Battlefield
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
The Battle of Middle Creek took place in Floyd County, Kentucky, January 10, 1862. Though the land was once stained with blood and blackened by the smoke of two thousand muskets, the hay fields which welcome today’s visitor to the Fitzpatrick Farm on Middle Creek look no different than those found on other Eastern Kentucky farms. Compared to the Battle of Antietam Creek, the Battle of Middle Creek was only a skirmish. Nevertheless, it had a significant impact on the course of the Civil War. It ended Confederate supremacy in the region, and it launched the career of the man who became our twentieth president. With good reason it has been called the battle that launched a presidency. On January 10th, 1862, James A. Garfield, an obscure Ohio college professor and newly-minted colonel of a regiment of Ohio volunteers, launched an attack on a brigade of Confederate soldiers holding a position on the ridges overlooking the Forks of Middle Creek, located two miles west of Prestonsburg, Kentucky. The Confederates were commanded by Brigadier General Humphrey Marshall, a seasoned veteran famous for his exploits during the Mexican War. We invite you to read the history of this nationally significant battlefield, learn about its participants, and become acquainted with the Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation and its plans to develop the battlefield as a historic site. For more information visit their Website.