Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival underway in Pineville

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Published: May. 27, 2022 at 3:56 PM EDT
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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is taking place in Pineville this Memorial Day weekend with plenty of activities on the schedule.

Each day of the festival has several activities lined up. The event is set to have crafts, concessions and carnival rides.

Thursday, the festival opened with the introduction of the Queen and Princess candidates followed by entertainment by Dylan Scott.

Festival organizers said the biggest hurdle to overcome this weekend is the weather.

“We had a tornado alert [Thursday] night, so we were able to make it through that so if we can make it through a tornado alert like on Thursday, the opening of it, it’s all downhill from here, it’s fine,” said Rebecca Shelby, Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Director.

Friday’s activities consisted of the Queen’s Reception, as well as Princess Coronation and the KMLF Lip Sync Battle.

Harlan High School’s Lily Clare Dickenson was crowned the 2022 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Princess from a field of 18 candidates, becoming the eighth Green Dragon to win the crown.

Saturday’s festivities include the Apex 5K Run, KMLF Gala Parade, Governor’s Luncheon, 2022 Queen’s Coronation, KMLF Queen’s Grad Ball and more.

Sunday is set to have Mass, KMLF 2022 Queen’s Breakfast and worship services.

Shelby added the festival has something for everyone.

“If you are in pageants, we’ve got two of those. If you like food and shopping, we have that. If you like carnivals and rides, we have that. We have everything for everybody of all ages,” said Shelby.

For more information about the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival and the full schedule, visit

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