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Update: Poke Sallet Festival to take place in June but in different fashion

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Published: May. 7, 2020 at 9:56 PM EDT
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Update 5/21

The 65th annual Poke Sallet Festival schedule is here.

The festival will take place from Monday, June 1 through Saturday, June 6th. The following events will take place on each day.

Monday:

Scavenger Hunt-Clues to be released

Wednesday:

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m .-Virtual 4H Kids Fun Day on Facebook Live

Thursday:

7:00 p.m .-Miss Harlan County Pageant

Friday:

10:00 a.m Ringing of Bells at Harlan Presbyterian Church in

Honor & Memory of COVID-19 Victims streamed via Poke Sallet Festival Facebook Live

11:00a.m.-4:00pm.-Poke Sallet Meals available at Sports Café 119 Eversole Street 573-1271

11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m .-Food Court Open for Walk-Up Service in Harlan Center Parking lot-Food Vendors and Menus will be announced very soon!

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m .-Most Creative Mask Competition Voting through Facebook! Awards at 4:30 p.m.

5:10 p.m.-5:30 p.m .-Bradley Halcomb Virtual Concert (Streamed Through YouTube/WTUK 105.1 FM)

5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m .-Shyla Blevins Virtual Concert (Streamed Through YouTube/WTUK 105.1 FM)

6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m .-Brooklyn Collins Virtual Concert (Streamed Through YouTube/WTUK 105.1 FM)

6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m .-Appalachian Sunrise Virtual Concert (Streamed Through YouTube/WTUK 105.1 FM)

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m .-The Voice of Poke Semi-finals (To be held Virtually, Streamed on YouTube/WTUK 105.1 FM)

9:00 p.m .-Trolls World Tour 2020 Drive-In Movie at Harlan Center Bicentennial Stage presented by Harlan Christian Church-Vehicles may enter the parking lot beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday:

8:00a.m. Run for the Hills 5k (Information will be released soon on how this event will be held)

10:00a.m. Ringing of Bells at Christ Church Episcopal in Honor & Memory of COVID-19 Victims streamed via Poke Sallet Festival Facebook Live)

10:05 a.m.-11:00 a.m .-Poke Sallet Festival History via Zoom (Streamed Through Facebook & 105.1 WTUK FM)

11:00 a.m. until the Poke runs out! Poke Sallet Meals available at Sports Café 119 Eversole Street

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m .-Car Show (Photos Submitted to pokesalletcars@gmail.com Entries accepted now through June 4th at 5:00 p.m .-Voting Takes Place through Poke Sallet Festival Facebook page) Awards at 12:55 p.m.

11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m .-Food Court Open for Walk-Up Service in Harlan Center Parking lot-Food Vendors and Menus will be announced very soon!

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m .-Virtual Gospel Stage (Concerts streamed on YouTube /WTUK 105.1 FM)

1:00 p.m .-Deric Jeffers

1:30 p.m .-Tammie Chapman

2:00 p.m .-To Be Announced

2:30 p.m .-Lawana Blevins

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m .-Pine Mountain Settlement School Cooking Class, “Preparing a Poke Sallet Meal” (Streamed through YouTube Page/WTUK 105.1 FM)

4:00 p.m.-4:50 p.m .-Virtual Pet Show (Photos Submitted to pokesalletpets@gmail.com Entries accepted now through June 4th at 5:00 p.m .-Voting Takes Place through Poke Sallet Festival Facebook Page) Awards Announced at 5:55 p.m.

5:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m .-Virtual Photo Competition (Best Poke Sallet Festival Memory Photo Category/Best Harlan County Spirit Photo Category/Best Quarantine Photo Category, Photos Submitted to pokesalletphotos@gmail.com Voting Takes Place through Poke Sallet Festival Facebook Page) Awards Announced at 6:00 p.m.

6:05-6:30p.m. Virtual Concert-To Be Announced

6:30p.m.-7:00p.m. Virtual Concert-To Be Announced

7:00 p.m .-The Voice of Poke Finals Live opened by 2019 Voice of Poke Champion Phoebe White streamed via Facebook Live, YouTube and WTUK 105.1 FM

7:30p.m-Aarin Sawyers & Chad Hoskins

8:00 p.m .-Kudzu Killers

8:30p.m. Virtual Concert-To Be Announced

9:00p.m. Poke Sallet Festival Scavenger Hunt Champion Announced & The Voice of Poke Champion Announced via Facebook Live & WTUK 105.1 FM

9:30p.m. Fireworks!!!

Other details can be found on their

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Original Story 5/07

The 65th annual Poke Sallet Festival will take place on June 4-6 but in a very different fashion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unless something changes severely and drastically there was no way we were going to be able to have a Poke Sallet Festival that we have come to know and love for years," said Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosely.

Mosley and the Poke Sallet Festival Committee know at the end of March and the beginning of April that it was going to be different.

In the past week the group has come together and pitched ideas as to how to still hold the festival, but make sure they are following CDC guidelines.

“I’m very happy with the creativity that our committee has shown by being able to think outside the box and being able to come up with things to be able to do this, do it responsibly, but give our community something to look forward to, and we got a great committee of people who are very mindful of the situation and didn’t want to quit,” said Mosley.

Due to the restrictions of no mass gatherings, there will be no in-person live concerts, carnival rides, inflatables, or carnival games.

However, some of the ideas they pitched will include still hosting a Ms. Harlan County pageant, continuing on the tradition of having a Voice of Poke, and hosting other competitions but doing it all virtually.

“We really started this week having a brainstorming session on what could we do virtually, what could we do in person, what could we do to still commemorate the weekend,” said Mosley. “It’s been a learning experience for all of us and with this technology, at our fingertips, we feel like that we can have a virtual festival that will still give people something to look forward to.”

Of course, poke sallet will be front and center, as will fair food. Mosley and the committee have plans, approved by the health department, to host a drive-through vendor area where people can get their poke sallet and other fair food they may otherwise go without.

While the committee and Mosely know this is not what everyone, or even many want, it's better than not having it at all.

“I know a lot of people have had to cancel but we didn’t really want to do that. That would have been, we felt like that would have been too easy for us just to decide to cancel. It was not, we tried to look at ideas to move it to a different weekend but all of our vendors, and the carnival, and circus, and all those folks are on routes, they do this every year they’re in a different place every weekend, and they were already booked so we couldn’t find a weekend that we could have brought all those people together anyways,” said Mosley.

The final details are expected sometime next week.