Pikeville delays Moonshine, Music & Makers Festival

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — With coronavirus cases continuing to soar, the city of Pikeville has decided to delay its inaugural Appalachian Moonshine, Music and Makers Festival.

The festival was supposed to have its start Sept. 16, 17 and 18. The city released a statement about the decision on Friday, saying the rapid increase of cases of COVID has put a serious strain on local hospitals.

“The Appalachian Moonshine, Music, & Makers Festival is a one‐of‐a‐kind event that we are so excited to introduce in our community,” Pikeville City Manager Philip Elswick said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t quite beat COVID yet and that means we have to temporarily delay this event for everyone’s safety. When the time comes to host this event in October, we know it will be a wonderful showcase of everything Appalachia is and means to the folks who live and work here.”

Organizers now plan to hold the festival at the end of October, when it is believed that the current spike in cases will have eased. It will feature live music, visual artists and regional food and beverages.

The new schedule for the festival will be released at a later date.

For more information, visit the festival’s website, moonshinemusicmakers.com.