Debbie RolenStaff Writer
February 11, 2013
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Pikeville is planning a Hatfield and McCoy festival to capitalize on the popularity that a television miniseries has brought to the old feud between families.
Interest in the feud has already boosted the area’s tourism.
Pikeville resident Dusty Layne told WYMT-TV that he has run into people from as far away as Canada who had come to retrace the steps of the famous families.
Officials hope the festival planned for Labor Day weekend will bring even more people and interest to the region. Officials plan to have vendors, concerts, fireworks, a parade and live reenactments.
Local business owner Mike McCoy said his interest in the festival is more than just commercial. As a McCoy, he said it was “neat” to see so much interest in his family history.