The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival kicks off in Pineville

Published: May. 24, 2019 at 8:03 PM EDT
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The 89th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is continuing through the weekend.

Officials with the festival say it is the time of year that everyone looks forward to in Pineville, as they decorate the streets with pink and green.

"This is the one time of year when everyone is out cutting their grass, sprucing up their home," says Festival Advisory Board member, Jacob Roan.

Roan says the festival is the longest continuously running festival in the state, starting in 1931.

He also says it is a special time as well, where they can bring locals together, as well as those from out of town.

"We like to show our southern hospitality here in Pineville, and it's really a time that we can showcase our town," Roan says.

The festival is filled with food, vendors, games and lots of music.

One of the bands at the festival say they have been coming for 34 years.

"When we play we see people smile, they come up to us and ask for requests. And, anytime you can make people smile, you're on the plus side of the ledger," says Doyle Rambo, leader of the Dixieland South band.

That generosity has made them a part of the festival traditions.

"Seeing the people come out of the hills and valleys here, getting together in unity, communicating with each other, that's one of the highlights.

The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival started on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

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