Letcher’s Mountain Heritage Festival cancelled due to pandemic

WHITESBURG, Ky. — Letcher County’s premiere festival is the latest event to cancel due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee announced on Tuesday that it had made the decision to cancel the 2020 Mountain Heritage Festival, typically held in late September, amid the ongoing and escalating COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation, the committee says, came after consultation with Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft and Letcher County Health Department Environmental Inspector Kevin Nichols.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly, but with everyone’s best interest at heart,” the committee said in a statement issued Tuesday. “Our event is a gathering for so many we could not in good conscience put our community at risk by holding the festival.”

The cancellation of the Mountain Heritage Festival came on the same day the Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival Committee announced the cancellation of its event, scheduled for late August, due to the pandemic. Jenkins is typically the official kickoff for festival season in Letcher County, and is followed by festivals in Isom and Neon before concluding with Mountain Heritage. Festivals are also held in McRoberts and Blackey during the season.

The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee is now looking toward the 2021 event.

“We are looking forward to reuniting with you for the 2021 Mountain Heritage Festival,” the committee says. “We wish each of you have continued good health. Thank you for your support of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee.”

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