Welcome to the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Official Website. This year's festival was a hit! Despite a few storms early on, the weather was great allowing visitors to enjoy crafts, food vendors, carnival rides, and a wonderful parade. We would like to thank everyone involved in the planning process as well as those who attended. Our new queen was crowned in a beautiful coronation pageant, Somerset Community College candidate Ms. Hannah Elizabeth Isaacs claimed the first ever Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Queen title for her college. The princess title went to Harlan High School's Kaitlyn Allison Bledsoe. Please make plans to visit us for the 85th KMLF, which is already being organzied by Chairperson Danita Biliter. Our 2015 dates are Thursday, May 21st through Sunday, May 24th.
2014 Crowned Queen
Kentucky Mountain Laurel Queen Hannah Elizabeth Isaacs (Somerset Community College)
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 85th 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. Information is also available through the Bell County Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-988-1075 or (606) 248-1075. Find us on FaceBook & Twitter.
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