Mary Breckinridge Festival in Leslie County canceled due to COVID-19

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 12:26 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 7:57 PM EDT
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HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials announced the cancelation of another Eastern Kentucky festival on Monday.

Hyden Mayor Carol Joseph posted on her Facebook page that this year’s Mary Breckinridge Festival will not happen due to the pandemic.

Mayor Joseph said in the post the decision came following recent spikes in COVID-19, and later expressed her disappointment to WYMT.

“We hated to cancel it because everybody here respects and a lot of them remember Mary Breckinridge and so it’s a big deal to us," Joseph said.

The festival would have taken place the first weekend in October, but Joseph says that once the pandemic comes to an end, the city is planning on an even bigger celebration.

“We’re planning to have a big celebration when this is over and it will be as good as Mary Breckinridge," Joseph said. “Maybe even better.”

Despite the reality that the annual event will not take place, Joseph is not letting that deter the town’s festive fall spirit. Downtown is littered with orange and yellow decorations and the city already has plans for its holiday decor on the table.

It’s those aspects and that spirit that COVID-19 can not take away.

“It’ll never get rid of our spirit over here. We’re very resilient and we’re already making plans for our Christmas decorations," Joseph said. "So we’re ready, whatever happens, we’ll be ready for it.”

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