LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Laurel County Homecoming has been a part of local tradition since it began nearly 79 year years ago. Since its beginnings attractions and attendance have dramatically increased to the point that more than 30,000 people visit Laurel County for the four-day event in August.
Star Robbins of the Laurel County Homecoming Committee presented the London Tourism and Convention Commission with a request for funding during their meeting Monday night at City Hall.
“The Laurel County Home Coming Festival is the oldest running homecoming festival in the state of Kentucky,” said Robbins. “This is the the 79th year, it’s a long tradition. There’s a lot of community participation that has grown over the last five or six years.”
The homecoming festival starts on Aug. 14, the third Thursday in August, and runs through Sunday, August 17. The homecoming festivities take place entirely in the Levi Jackson State Park.
“It (home coming) incorporates a lot of events for the children of our community,” Robbins said. “But we need funding. We need help funding it along with the funding we recieve from the community. We need your help to continue the event.”
According to Robbins the homecoming event has picked up a lot of interest from varying age groups, in part due to the high value of entertainment included.
“Last year we added the ‘Bark in the Park,’ where humaine societies from all over the area participated,” Robbins said. “I really think we’ve seen an increase in the adoption of animals as a result.”
Last year the festival pagentry was approved to be a part of Ms. Kentucky and Ms. USA, where Robbins said a local Laurel County woman will be representing the community on stage.
“The festival is growing, it’s a great way for the community to get together and celebrate the heritage and London and Laurel County in a different kind of way,” Robbins said. “Again, it’s the longest running home coming festival in Kentucky and we get a lot of attention for that.”