"Springtime in the Mountains"
Welcome to the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Official Website.
The town of Pineville opens its doors for the 86th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. Shari Knuckles, Chairperson, and Amy Woolum, Co-Chairperson along with all our committees invite you to join us during the weekend of May 26th through May 29th. There are many attractions and sights. But none compare to site at the Laurel Cove as we watch the young women representing many colleges and univeristies around the state glide across the grassy stage in their white gowns. One of these candidates will be crowned the 2016 KMLF Queen by our newly elected Gov. Matt Bevin. Please join us! Updated information will be added as planning continues to unfold.
2015 Crowned Queen
Kentucky Mountain Laurel Queen Lindsay Tate Ratliff(Western Kentucky Univeristy) KMLF Association President Ernie Trosper, 2013 Miss Kentucky Jenna Day, Governor Steven L Beshear, 2015 KMLF General Chairperson Danita Biliter (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 86th 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.
Photos can be veiwed on our gallery but also local photography Joe Harris can be contacted to purchase prints.