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Pikeville’s Hillbilly Days, Barbourville’s Redbud Festival

Hillbilly Days in Pikeville
Downtown Pikeville will be transformed April 14-16 for one of the world’s most unusual festivals: Hillbilly Days. Three days of fun, food, and frolic for everyone, with hundreds of food and craft booths, a huge carnival, and music throughout town. The festival’s true meaning shines—helping children with needed medical care—with the Kosair Shriners wearing hillbilly garb and driving hillbilly limousines. The event is a fund-raiser for the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Lexington. For details, go to or call (800) 844-7453.

Heart of Kentucky
Celebrate spring at the Heart of Kentucky Farm, Home & Garden Show on April 2-3 in Lebanon. The show, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, features more than 100 exhibits, from potted herbs and garlic jelly to birdhouses and cedar posts. Exhibitors include representatives of agriculture, farm equipment, furniture, arts and crafts, Kentucky Proud products, and many more. For kids, there will be fishing contests and other activities. For details, call the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission at (270) 692-0021.

Barbourville’s Redbud Festival
Enjoy storytelling, crafts, traditional mountain music, and an art show at the Redbud Festival and Heritage Living Event, April 8-9 in Barbourville. The festival, held on the Union College campus, will also feature Writers’ Row and Heritage Living and Folklife. Enjoy a hometown barbecue on Friday night and a 10K and 2 Mile Run/Walk on Saturday morning. For details, go online to or call (606) 545-9674.

Plant & Seed Swap in the Park
Gardeners will flock to Tompkinsville on April 16 for the annual Plant & Seed Swap in the Park, held at the Old Mulkey Meeting House State Historic Site. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their extra plants, seeds, cuttings, bulbs (label all with plant names), garden magazines, and other items to swap with others. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will include presentations by various speakers, door prizes, and a potluck meal. For details, call (270) 487-8481 or go to

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