LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Every year, the Homecoming features more and more attractions to entice the public to participate and attend events. Although carnival rides are not a part of the festival, inflatables and games and contests are available. A flea market displays the artisans of the community, while the Laurel County Historical Society and the Camp Wildcat campsite details the county’s past. The Sunday afternoon gospel singing marked the establishment of the event and winds down the festival each year.
The Honoree Banquet celebrates the achievements of Laurel County natives and this year is no exception. This year’s honorees will be officially announced in the Wednesday edition, but each one of this year’s selections is a source of pride for the community.
While many believe that Homecoming has “phased out” due to the county fair and the Chicken Festival, there are some who disagree. The county fair is a grand event and provides a summertime entertainment that is welcomed throughout the area. The World Chicken Festival has received numerous state and tourism awards for its four-day event. But both of those lack something that the Homecoming offers — the opportunity to look back at the county we call home and to take pride in the accomplishments of the people who did and do call this place home. Set in the historic Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park where the founders of the county donated land is the perfect spot for Laurel Countians — new and native — to reflect and remember, to celebrate and cherish, those who have made this county what it is today — a great place to live and work, a wonderful place to raise a family, and a great place to celebrate our role in history.
Without knowing our past, how can we possibly plan for our future?