The first Saturday in October, Leslie County celebrates The Mary Breckinridge Festival! With a parade, food booths and so much more, it's a fun weekend the whole family will enjoy! 


DATE: Sept. 28 - Oct. 5, 2019                          

THEME: Our Heritage: Music, Miners, Midwives

The MB Festival Committee would like to invite EVERYONE to attend the great events & activities. The festival will kick off with a 5K walk/5K run on Sept. 28th. Here are other highlights of the week:

Mary Breckinridge Queen Pageant & Tiny Tot - Teens Pageant, managed by “Beautiful Me Productions”

Craft, food, commercial & informational booths beginning Thur. evening and going thru Sat night.

 Events & activities include, but are not limited to, pet show, car show, Battle of Leatherwood performers, Amazing Race, Fox Entertainment Carnival, arts display, street fair games, kayak run, digital scavenger hunt, local bands Thur. evening, Gospel Music Night on Fri., bands all day on Sat., Appalachian Author’s Literary Reading, Ky Federation childrens turkey shoot, petting zoo, street fair games, Build-A-Bear and lots more. 

Bands to be announced! 


The Committee invites your school, church, business, and club organizations, past & present queens, pageant contestants & winners to enter a float or ride in the parade. It’s a great opportunity to showcase our children, church or club groups, businesses & causes.

If you have questions please contact Mayor Carol Joseph at Hyden City Hall.  606-672-2300  or email


Festival Forms

To ensure the Festival continues to perform in a safe and smooth manner, we ask that those who wish to participate please fill out the appropriate forms. Below you will find forms for the Parade, Vendor Booths and the Beauty Pageant. 

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Mary Breckinridge PArade Application

From floats and firetrucks to ATV's and Classic Cars, even bands and horses, The Mary Breckinridge Parade wants YOU to participate. Clink the link below to fill out a parade application and pay your entry fee by credit card. You may also email to receive a digital copy or pick up a copy in City Hall. 


Vendor Booth  Application

Crafts, Food, Information or Commercial, all vendors are welcome at the Mary Breckinridge Festival. Clink the link below to fill out a Vendor application and pay your entry fee by credit card. You may also email to receive a digital copy or pick up a copy in City Hall.