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Kentucky Apple Festival

First Saturday in October – Old Fashioned Fun, Good Food and Friendly Folks!

For nearly a half century, thousands of people have been gathering in Paintsville on the first Saturday in October to celebrate the Kentucky Apple Festival in Johnson County. It began one weekend in 1962, and has grown into a week-long festival and homecoming for families, friends, and visitors from nearly every state in the U.S. as well as a few foreign countries.

The Festival includes 45 exciting events and attractions, from baby contests to amusement rides. Good street food is everywhere prepared by 32 non-profit fund-raising organizations who offer everything from traditional apple pies, candied apples, candy corn, and barbecued chicken to old fashioned apple butter cooked in a cast iron kettle.

Enjoy on-street musical entertainment throughout the festival as well as a tented arts and crafts sale featuring local photographic and water color prints by noted artists Dean Hill and Tom Whitaker.

The Apple Festival is a collector’s paradise with 180 street vendors and a flea market. One of the highlights of the Apple Festival is the collector car show. The day wraps up with a large parade of floats, beauty queens, and a big country music show to close out the night.

For more information, visit www.kyapplefest.org.

Spring Fling

Spring Fling is an annual event held in downtown Paintsville on the 3rd Saturday in May. The event features a parade, food, vendors, petting zoo, inflatables, and much more! For more info, please call (606) 789-2600.

Christmas in the City

Join us in downtown Paintsville for our annual Christmas Celebration held on the first Saturday in December! Live nativity, carriage rides, carolers, ornament-making for the children, and much more! For more info, please call (606) 789-2600.

Arm Drop Drag Race

Visit the Combs Airport Armdrop Drags partnered between Paintsville and Prestonsburg, Kentucky located at Combs Airport. Combs Airport Armdrop Drags features Test & Tunes, Last Man Standing and the East Kentucky Hillbilly Drag Race Championship Series. The Championship series features different races at Combs Airport Armdrop Drags (Paintsville & Prestonsburg), Pikeville’s Streetlight Challenge (Pikeville, KY) and Motorplex 1-64 in Morehead, KY.

Contact #: 800-844-4704
Address: KY Route 321, Hager Hill, KY 41222

Events at Combs Airport Armdrop Drags Dates:
April 16 – Test & Tune/Last Man Standing
May 28 – Test & Tune/Last Man Standing
July 30 – Test & Tune/Last Man Standing
September 3 – Test & Tune/Last Man Standing

East Kentucky Hillbilly Drag Race 2016 Championship Series
April 30 – Combs Airport
May 21 – Pikeville
June 4 – I-64 Morehead
July 2 – Combs Airport
August 13 – Pikeville
September 17 – 1-64 Morehead
October 15 – Combs Airport ***Grand Championship

General Admission: $10/person
Car Entry Fee: $50/race
Gates Open: 8AM; Practice Runs: 11:00AM
Race Time – 2:00PM


The Paintsville CRUIZ’N is a free, family friendly gathering of hot rods hosted by the East Kentucky Gearheads car club. It’s held every 3rd Saturday from April to September on Main Street; rain or shine. You can find fast, loud, unique, classic & custom hot rods along with a different feature vehicle every month.

There is also music, concessions, & activities. In August, there is a free movie shown outside. The Cruiz’n in September welcomes an automotive swap meet.

The East Ky Gearheads host several local events, including a first Friday cruise in at Hardee’s of Paintsville in the Mayo Plaza year round, weather permitting at 6 PM. We also host a January “snowball” cruise and winter swap meet. The Ride With a Pal event/burnouts & cruise is a free event for special needs folks and their families. For more info contact us on Facebook at East Ky Gearheads or email us at ekygearheads@hotmail.com.

Mountain HomePlace Christmas

Bring the entire family out to enjoy Christmas at the Mountain HomePlace. Live nativity, carolers, carriage rides, Story of Christmas, lighting of the tree, refreshments, and much more! The gift shop will also be open for last minute Christmas shopping! For more info, please call (606) 297-1469.