You can support our local princess candidates during the 86th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival (KMLF) May 26-29. The Princess Coronation will be Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Pineville High School, 401 Virginia Avenue. Admission $5 at the gate, with entertainment by Dixieland South.
This year’s local princess candidates are: Kaitlyn Shea King, representing Harlan High School, and Meredith Elaine Rowe, representing Harlan County High School.
Saturday will begin with the Gala Parade at 10 a.m. and the crowning of the 2015 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Queen at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater at 2 p.m.
This year’s local queen candidate from Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College is Madison Makayla Noe. Also competing for the title are Harlan County natives Haley Morgan Cook, Lindsey Wilson College, and Caroline Kaye Nelson, Transylvania University.
The reigning princess is Anna Katherine Bingham, and the reigning queen is Lindsay Tate Ratliff.
In addition to the Princess and Queen Coronations, the festival features quality crafts and concessions, a 5K run, a carnival, a fireworks display and the opening night concert at Bell County High School featuring Harlan County native and current winner of The Voice, Jordan Smith.
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.
To reserve tickets or receive more information, visit www.kmlf.org.