Welcome to the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Official Website.
The town of Pineville recently held it's 85th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. The weather was almost as beautiful as the young women representing many colleges and univeristies around the state. Please join us in 2016 in Pineville, Kentucky on May 26th through May 29th.
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.