Welcome to the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Official Website.
The time is near to celebrate the 87th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival; our dates are May 25th-28th. Mrs. Amy Woolum, Chairperson and Mr. Jacob Roan, Co-Chairperson are planning for all our visitors and friends to enjoy the beauty of Pineville. The Thursday night program is sure to entertain. Friday events will keep you busy with so many choices such as picnics, vendor booths, carnival rides, downtown entertainment and the crowning of a new KMLF Princess. All wrapped up with a booming fireworks show. Early Saturday morning in Pineville will buzz preparing for the crowd. The downtown area will fill up with those young and young at heart to enjoy the Gala Parade. A luncheon at Pine Mountain State Park Resort in honor of Gov. Matt Bevin prior to the crowning of the new Queen. At the Laurel Cove you'll watched the young women representing many colleges and universities around the state glide across the grassy stage in their white gowns. Connor Rose Cook, representing the University of Pikeville was crowned the 2016 KMLF Queen . She will turn over her reign to the 2017 Queen who will be crowned by Gov. Matt Bevin. The celebrations continue with downtown events and a grand ball to celebrate the newly crowned queen. Sunday morning a breakfast at Pine Mountain State Park will close out the lovely weekend. Check back for updates.
2016 Queen-Connor Rose Cook
University of Pikeville
(photo by Ray Welch)
The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is one of Kentucky's oldest festivals, finding its start in 1931, when Mrs. Annie Walker Burns established the festival as a way to honor her famous ancestor, Dr. Thomas Walker, a pioneer explore. Since that time, the devotion and hospitality of so many, along with the resonant history of the festival, have enabled this beautiful event to thrive for eighty years.
We think you'll enjoy our quaint and historic town nestled in the Appalachian foothills of Bell County, Kentucky where Southern hospitality reigns throughout. The festival features many events including a Queen's Coronation. Many Queens have been celebrated in song, verse and festival for centuries, it's only suitable that our time honored festival garland a Queen with our native Mountain Laurel. We open our homes to these accomplished and lovely young Queen Candidates, selected by and to represent their Kentucky College or University in the annual pageant. During the Coronation, held at an exquisite outdoor amphitheater near the close of the weekend, each Queen curtseys to the Governor of Kentucky- and in turn he crowns the winning Queen.
We are certain that as you browse this site, you will be more encouraged to join us as we celebrate the 87th Annual Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. All KMLF events are family oriented; many are free and open to the public; those requiring tickets are reasonably priced. For more information contact us the KMLF office at (606) 337-6103. Find us on Facebook & Twitter.
Photos can be viewed on our gallery.