June 19, 2014

Laurel County Homecoming committee seeks funding


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.”

Text Only
Local News
Local Sports

Drew Allen tried to score in the fifth inning on a single by Braden Houston. Allen thought he slid in under the high tag, but was called out on the play. North Laurel won the game, 5-0, to force a second championship game Friday night, too late for this edition.

Community Events
Must Read
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results