2nd annual Christmas in the Mountains kicks off in Martin County

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Martin County.

"Never seen it. Not even half this decorated," said volunteer Brenda Davis.

Davis and many others are working on revitalizing downtown.

"They have hope that there is a better day for Martin County and that God is blessing our county," explained Davis.

For years, Martin County did not have a tourism committee.

Now, the board is around one year old.

"Martin County actually has some of the most beautiful mountains and trail rides in Eastern Kentucky," Deputy Judge-Executive Steve Goble explained.

Now, Goble told WYMT they are excited to get the ball rolling for multiple activities.

"People just don't realize what a gem Martin County really is," said Goble.

One activity is the annual Christmas in the Mountains festival.

"When we planned this, we planned for all age levels. But we are especially, I think, focused on our youth," said Linda Webb.

Webb is on a subcommittee of the tourism board. She said it is all about making memories.

"Combined our natural resources with our wonderful people with our amazing God, it's a great place," Webb pointed out.

Officials said this festival is only a seed to grow the tourism board for the future.

The festival continues until December 7.