BROUGHT TO KNOW … Daniel Boone Festival returns, carrying on long-standing traditions | Local News
BARBOURVILLE – After a brief hiatus caused by the pandemic last year, the Daniel Boone Festival returns once again to downtown Barbourville from this Sunday.
Scheduled to run throughout the week of October 3-9, this year’s Daniel Boone Festival will mark the 73rd edition of the festival. The festival was started in May 1948 by Union College professor Karl Bleyl with the aim of challenging the mass media’s use of degrading images to represent Kentuckians. According to the town of Barbourville tourism website, Dr Bleyl intended the festival to act as a way to educate young people about their ancestors crossing the Cumberland Gap in present-day Kentucky and the Native American tribes that were here. before them.
Since its inception, the festival has long invited local Cherokee tribes to attend the event. Initially, with his goal of educating young Kentuckians about their history, Dr Bleyl also intended that the festival would provide tribes in the region with cane to use in creating baskets, chairs and other furniture. .
As a result, the Cane Treaty was drafted by Dr Bleyl and has been signed at every festival since the first signing on May 21, 1948. This year’s Cane Treaty will be signed, like tradition, at the feast. the Daniel Boone Festival, which will be held at the Barbourville City Rock Gym on School Street on Friday October 8, starting at 5:30 pm Tickets for the event will be sold at the door and will cost $ 6.
Over the year, the Daniel Boone Festival has grown from a two-day event to the week-long celebration it is today. And while the focus is more on festival food and headliners, festival organizers are still keen to maintain that educational aspect that Dr Bleyl used as motivation to create the festival. As previously mentioned, the Daniel Boone Festival has also maintained its long-standing partnership with the local Cherokee tribes, who are expected to attend and perform at this year’s festival.
This year’s festival kicks off Sunday with the Daniel Boone Festival Baby Pageant which will start at 1:30 p.m. at Knox County Middle School Gymnasium. The cost of admission will be $ 1 for school-aged children, $ 5 for adults. The event is sponsored by and will benefit the college cheerleading teams.
Then, on Monday, entries for the art, photography and quilting competitions will take place at One Way located in Court Square from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Judgment is scheduled for Wednesday. Those interested can also register on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. An exhibition presenting the candidates for the competition will be presented at One Way Thursday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2020 Royalty Presentation and Coronation will also take place at the Knox County Middle School Gymnasium on Monday at 7 p.m. Admission will cost $ 5, children under five will enter for free. The event is sponsored and will benefit GFWC / KY / Jr Woman’s Study Club. The group will host and sponsor the festival’s 2021 royalty presentation and crowning the following evening, Friday, at the same location, same start time, and same entrance fee. Tuesday will also see the installation of the ever popular carnival rides starting at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, the installation of the Pioneer Village will begin and the food stalls will begin serving festival food from 6 p.m. The stalls will start serving food at 10 a.m. each day for the remainder of the week. The Festival Craft Village, located in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on North Main Street, will begin setting up Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The craft village will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday. The festival rides will be open Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The festival’s primitive camp, located on North Main Street, will begin Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Camp will run for the remainder of the festival, also opening at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday mornings. The camp will host an apple butter-making demonstration on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Carnival kicks off Thursday at 2 p.m., as will live performances as members of the Cherokee tribes perform at 4:30 p.m. on the Boone Stage. The Boone Stage will also feature the big festival run at 5:30 p.m., more entertainment Cherokee at 6:00 p.m., Emily Messer at 6:45 p.m. and Emmanuel Bible Camp at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, the concert stage will see the opening of registrations for the festival’s talent show from 5 p.m. Contemporary Christian group Once Blind will begin performing at 5:15 p.m., the best beard / dress contest will follow at 6:30 p.m., and the talent show will close the scheduled evening from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The carnival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. on Friday. On the same day, the Boone Stage will feature Cherokee Entertainment at 2 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. David Woolum will perform at 5:30 p.m., followed by Potters Will at 7:00 p.m. Nick Liford will perform on the Boone Stage at 8:00 p.m. the festival concert stage will feature groups Spitten Image at 5:30 p.m., Kudzu Killers at 7:30 p.m. and festival headliner Diamond Rio at 9:30 p.m. A corn hole tournament is also scheduled for Friday on North Main Street starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Jesse D. Lay Elementary School cafeteria will host the festival pancake breakfast on Saturday from 6:30 am to 10:30 am The event is sponsored and will benefit the Barbourville Fire Department. A vintage car show, sponsored by Tim and Betty Jackson, will take place at the Barbourville Recreation Park starting at 9 a.m. 30 p.m. at Lay Field, with filming to follow at 10 a.m. Registration for the event will cost $ 10. A competition will also be organized for the best dressed man, woman, boy and girl.
On Saturday, the Boone Stage will host more Cherokee entertainment starting at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The Pine Mountain dancers will perform on the Boone Stage at 1 p.m. The stage will host Elvis Presley tribute artist Barry Larkin alongside Phoebe White at 3:30 p.m. and a street dance at 7 p.m. The concert stage will host South 11 at 7 p.m. and My Finest Hour at 8:30 p.m.
The Daniel Boone Festival parade is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. The floats will start to line up at 11 a.m., the marching bands at 1 p.m., the horses at 1:45 p.m. and the vintage cars thereafter. The carnival rides will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.