The 2019 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is just a couple weeks away and this year’s event promises all of your favorite traditions along with some new attractions.
Festival Chairperson Rebecca Combs Collett has been involved with the KMLF since she was five years old and appeared in the Miniature Princess Court. She was crowned KMLF Princess in 2005 and has worked on various committees over the past decade.
She said this year’s theme: “Live. Love. Laurel” was inspired by the happiness, love and beauty that surround Pineville every year during the festival.
“Our festival has been running for 89 years and counting; that alone is remarkable and something our community should be proud to be apart of,” Collett said.
“It is the dedicated participation and love that our community has for this festival that helps this tradition to LIVE on each year. I look forward to celebrating another magical weekend with you as we honor the life that this festival continues to hold in each of our hearts; the LOVE we feel when we think of the memories of past KMLF weekends throughout the years; and the beauty of the Mountain LAUREL blooms. As a lifelong Pinevillian I ‘Live. Love Laurel.’ every spring.”
The Festival officially kicks off on Thursday, May 23. All of the Queen and Princess candidates will introduce themselves on stage at the Bell County High School gym before Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise perform.
Friday there will be receptions taking place at various homes in Pineville with the Princess coronation Friday evening at Pineville High School. Fireworks are scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Friday night.
Saturday the Gala Parade starts at 10 a.m. This year’s grand marshal is equine artist Jaime Claire Corum, a Bell County native who currently resides in Louisville. The Queen’s Coronation will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater. Saturday night at 9 p.m. the Queen’s Ball will take place at the Pineville gym and there will also be a street dance on courthouse square.
In addition, there will be craft and food vendors on the square all weekend along with the carnival by Casey’s Rides and entertainment on the downtown stage.
Some of the new events for this year include:
— Kid’s Talent Show – Saturday at 1:30 hosted by Brian O’Brien in downtown Pineville
— Flippenout Productions can be seen in the Gala Parade this year as well as three – 30-minute extreme trampoline performances beginning at 4:00 p.m.
— The Momentum Party Band from Atlanta, Georgia will be performing at the Queen’s Ball this year.