Schedule of Events

Mountain Heritage Festival
September 21 - 25, 2021

September 11th
Heritage Hero's Glow Run/Walk
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September 21st
Glow in the Dark Parade
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Mountain Heritage Festival Poster, Essay and Poetry Contest


Our Theme for the 2021 Mountain Heritage Festival is:
"Of All the Paths You Take Make Sure One Leads You Back Home”

 Poster Contest open to all students who reside in Letcher County.

Essay and Poetry Contest Open to all ages of Letcher County Residents.

Everything must be turned in no later than Noon on Saturday, September 18th 2021 at the Harry M. Caudill Library in downtown Whitesburg.

For more information please contact Tessa Caudill at either or 606-633-7547
or Mountain Heritage Committee Member Lee Adams at 606-634-5698.

Look for items to be displayed during the week of the Mountain Heritage Festival inside the Library.


Tuesday, September 21st

8:00     Glow in the Dark Golf Cart/Side By Side Parade

NEW EVENT for the 2021 Mountain Heritage Festival~~

Glow in the Dark Golf Cart ~ Side By Side ATV Parade

Tuesday, Sept 21st Line Up will start at 7:00pm at the South East Community College and begin at 8:00pm
(Immediately following the ARH Family night in the Festival Village)

Cost is 10.00 per Golf Cart or Side By Side ATV

Parade Route will start at the College and Travel down main street to Madison Ave and circle around the Whitesburg First Baptist Church and back through main street to the college.

Contact Chris Caudill @ 606-634-1615

Prizes given for Most Creative!!

Make Plans to join us as a Participant or Spectator!

Bring the whole Family!


Wednesday, September 22nd

Whitesburg Day:  Arts and Crafts and Food Vendors may bring a table and set up downtown Whitesburg. Activities start at 8am and over by 2pm.

Rain or Shine!  Main Street Whitesburg    Contact Lee Adams 606-634-5698


Old Time Country Dinner

Location: Summit City 10:30am to 2:00pm

Soup Beans, Corn Bread, Kraut and Wieners, dessert for $6.00

Proceeds benefit the Central Cougars Football Team

Contact:  Amanda Sturgill 606-634-0849


Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Whitesburg

Location: Meet at 148 Church Street at the Mountain View B&B at Noon

Led by Sam Adams limited to 15 people. Masks are required


Mountain Heritage Festival Food Booths open at 4PM-9PM

Contact: Phillip Hampton 606-633-4823



Carnival will open on Wednesday, 5-10pm

CONTACT: Festival Booth 633-8034



On Stage:

5:30: Mitch Whitaker and Friends (Birds of Prey)

6:00: East Kentucky Dance Kubz
Contact Taylyn Kincer 606-634-1107

6:30: First Baptist Church Praise Band
Contact Tagean Cox 606-216-2654

7:00: Legacy

8:00: Adam Musick  One Man Rock Show



Thursday, September 23rd

Arts and Crafts Tent opens 12:00 Noon -10:00PM

Contact: Connie Fields 606-634-1173


Food Booths open 10AM -10PM

Contact: Phillip Hampton 633-4823



Carnival will open on Thursday, 5-10pm

CONTACT: Festival Booth 633-8034



6:00     Luna and the Mountain Jets
Levitt Amp Contact

7:00     Magnolia Boulevard
Valerie Horn 606-634-9468

9:00      Mid Life Crisis
Contact Tim Engle 606-216-0980


Friday, September 24th

Crafts Demonstrator Tent opens 10 AM- 8 PM

Featuring Wood Carving, Pottery, Spinning and more


Contact: Clayton Christian 606-634-1814


Arts and Crafts Ten opens 10AM - 10PM

Contact: Connie Fields 606-634-1173


Food Booths open 10AM -10PM

Contact: Phillip Hampton 633-4823


Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Whitesburg

Location: Meet at 148 Church Street at the Mountain View B&B at Noon

Led by Sam Adams limited to 15 people. Masks are required



Carnival will open on Friday, 5-10pm

CONTACT: Festival Booth 633-8034




5:30: Drake Brock
Contact Roger Hall 606-633-9835

7:00: Cletus T. Judd
Manager Charles Dorris 615-236-1684

Cledus T. Judd burst on the scene in the late ‘90s with a series of perfectly crafted parodies of the biggest names in country music.

He’s toured with the biggest acts from Brooks and Dunn to Rascal Flatts, to Toby Keith. He’s had songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry and many others. He has scored numerous accolades and music video hits and translated his comedy successfully to radio and TV where he starred on CMT’s Most Wanted Live as a cohost for 2 years, USA's Nashville Star where he co-hosted with Leann Rimes. He also appeared in Toby Keith’s movie, Beer For My Horses, and also starred on VH1's hit reality show, Celebrity Fit Club where he was a TV favorite.

In the process he has sold over two million records, a huge number for a comedy man, and probably only beaten in musical parody sales by Judd’s personal comedy hero Weird Al Yankovich.



9:00: Black Bottom Road
Contact Cory Harris 606-634-7226


Saturday, September 25th

10 AM- 8 PM Crafts Demonstrator Tent opens

10AM -10PM Arts and Crafts Tent opens

10AM -10PM Food Booths open


Carnival will open on Saturday, Noon until 10:00PM

CONTACT: Festival Booth 633-8034


 Safety Guidelines for the Mountain Heritage Festival Parade  
The Parade will be held on Saturday, September 25th.  The Parade will follow the same route as in years past.  For Safety Reasons we ask that no Candy be thrown out during the parade.  Viewers of the parade are asked to observe social distance guidelines. 




11:00 AM Parade Sponsored by Letcher Fire and Emergency Medical Services

Contact Patricia Lewis at 606-633-9184 and leave a message

Parade Units, floats, walking units and all other parade entries must complete an application in order to be judged in competition.

5:00: Adopt-A-Duck  Duck Race  Sponsored by H.O.M.E.S Inc.
Contact them at 606-632-1717 for your Quack Pack!$5.00 per duck or 6 for $25.00 or 12 for $50.00



1:00: Mountain Heritage Festival Parade Awards

2:00: Almost Home Shelter Pet Rescue Dog Show

4:00: Seven South

5:00: Local Talent Show

6:30: Pure and Simple Band

8:00: Durt Famous
Contact Wayne Baker 606-634-9312

9:00: Wade Hayes

 Wade Hayes


Hayes was in his early 20s when he began churning out such enduring hits as "Old Enough to Know Better," "I'm Still Dancing with You," "On a Good Night" and "What I Meant to Say." A second generation country singer from Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, Hayes grew up watching his dad perform. The young guitarist's dream was to be the next Don Rich, Buck Owens' revered guitar player and one of country music's most legendary sidemen. "I was a big fan of Don Rich and I thought that's what I wanted to do," he recalls. "That's what I moved to Nashville for." 
Hayes began realizing that goal when Johnny Lee tapped the young musician to be his lead guitarist, but he just wasn't meant to be a sideman. "Record label people started coming to watch me play and the next thing I knew everything was happening fast," says Hayes, who landed a publishing deal just nine months after moving to Nashville, and a contract with Columbia Records soon after. His debut single, "Old Enough to Know Better," hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and Hayes was nominated for the ACM's Top New Male Vocalist honor. Two of Hayes' four major label albums have been certified gold by the RIAA, and hits such as "Don't Stop," "The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)" and "How Do You Sleep at Night" continue to be fan favorites in his shows. 
In 2009, he released the critically acclaimed independent album, A Place to Turn Around, and continued to tour extensively until his world came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in the fall of 2011. It was a surprise to everyone, even the doctors. Because Hayes was so young, doctors initially thought the symptoms were the result of him working out too strenuously and lifting too much weight. After extensive surgery and debilitating chemotherapy, Hayes battled his way back to health only to have the cancer return in the fall of 2012. 
He's now cancer free again, and the title track of his new album was inspired by a conversation with his oncologist. "That's a song that I'm very proud of," he says. "When I'd gotten through cancer the second time and we were looking at my blood work, my oncologist was talking about taking my port out. A port is something they implant into either your chest or under your arm where you receive chemotherapy. My oncologist said, ‘Wade, you were stage IV and now you're cancer free. We can take your port out. This is a big deal and I want to tell you something. I want you to go live your life.' 
"It hit me like a ton of bricks," Hayes continues, "because I knew that he meant two different things: one being, it's kind of a miracle that you're still here. You need to go enjoy your life. And two being, you had cancer really bad, and when it spread as far as it did, there's a good chance that it can come back. He was telling me to go live my life, because we don't know how long this good is going to be. I told Bobby Pinson that story and we wrote the song." 
"Go Live Your Life" is an upbeat anthem about making the most of every day and reveling in the things that bring you happiness. "It's really been an impactful song doing it live," Hayes says. "I've done it at a lot of events and people have really gravitated towards it. They understand it and they get it." 
Writing songs has been part of his healing. "Writing is therapy, letting my mind go somewhere else instead of worrying about what's on my plate," he shares. "The thing that got me in trouble in school has been the thing that's saved my life. It's daydreaming. I've gotten very good at that. Writing songs like ‘Remember the Alimony' and ‘Bluebonnet Blues' were just fun songs to do. It was a good time." 
The album closes with an instrumental version of the old hymn "Just As I Am," a tender ending to a tour de force artistic expression. "That song was played on my very first guitar that I got when I was twelve-years-old," Hayes says. "That guitar is not the easiest guitar to play. But I still love that guitar. It's not perfect, but it's like me. I'm not perfect. That cut isn't perfect, but it's the way it came out. That song means a lot to me." 
In addition to writing and recording, Hayes has been back on the road, touring this spring with pals Bryan White and Mark Wills. He also enjoys spending time at his 11-acre farm outside Nashville where one of his favorite hobbies is restoring old pick up trucks. He makes time to share his experience with cancer and encourage others fighting the battle. "I've met so many wonderful people during this journey, especially when I started healing and got out and began speaking. I've met some incredible, brave people that were inspiring to me and told me that my story is inspiring to them. I heard the story of a guy who had cancer similar to mine and he made it back to being cancer free. It gave me so much hope that once I got through the valley I thought, ‘Man, that's what I want to do for other people.' I want to help them and try to give them inspiration and hope. With God all things are possible. I'm a living example." 




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