49th annual ‘Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ begins Friday
by Staff Report
The 49th annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will be held Friday and Saturday on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Festival director Michael Corriston said the event promotes diverse cultural heritage of the central Appalachian Mountains through the presentation of music, crafts, visual arts, theater, folk competitions, games and folk life demonstrations.
“The Swappin’ Meetin’ offers something for everyone,” said Corriston. “We welcome one and all to come and enjoy the two days of fun and fellowship and good times.”
This year’s theme is “Pride in My Mountain Heritage.”
There will be a mini Olympics competition, youth storytelling and art contests. The SKCTC Education Program and Harlan County Extension Service personnel will provide games for the children and other activities. The Harlan Rotary Club‘s Express Train and a hay wagon ride will also be available for everyone’s enjoyment.
There will be demonstrations on sorghum molasses cooking, blacksmithing, chair making, chair bottom crafting, basket weaving, washboard laundering, raku pottery creations, spinning, weaving, spinning tops, dancing, clogging and a chance to take a trip on the nature walk and a tour of the Cherokee Nation mobile history unit. There will also be a large array of contests where those participating may win blue ribbons for their exhibits.
Those attending the event will also enjoy the musical talents of bluegrass, gospel, folk and traditional Appalachian musicians who will be performing throughout the day on a stage set up at Falkenstine Hall. Musicians set to perform include Marlow Tackett, Roy Harper, Tommy White, Zelma Fobes, Clyde Stanley, Mountain Drive, Jake and Ruby Ravizee, Mt. Sinai Church singers, Pine Mountain Grass, Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Lonnie Burkhart and Brooklyhn Woods.
Also available will be a wide array of vendors offering Appalachian crafts and traditional and contemporary foods, including a soup bean dinner slated for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the grill located in Falkenstine Hall. The Tri-City News will host their annual photography contest in the Godbey Appalachian Center on Friday. The second annual Swappin’ Meetin’ Glow Run, a 5K and 1-mile walk, will also be held Friday at 7 p.m. Registration fee is $25 and for further information you may contact Kristen Simpson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more detailed information about the Swappin’ Meetin’ event, you may call SKCTC at 606-573-1506 or 606-589-2145.
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