SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming Festival
Manchester, Kentucky
 
Stay In Clay's SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming is an annual festival at the Pioneer Village in Manchester, Kentucky. The site of the historic Langsford Salt Works, home of the Manchester Pioneer Village, provides the backdrop for the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming. Join us for music and entertainment at one of Clay County's most historic sites.

The SaltWorks Festival is held annually on Memorial Day weekend at the historic Salt Works Pioneer Village in Manchester. Pioneer Village is a collection of log buildings - some dating back to the 1790s - that were built in Clay County. The event features fine arts, handmade and hand decorated crafts, pioneer demonstrators, live blue grass music, homemade food, and children's activities.

◆ Food ◆ Music ◆ Storytelling

◆ Antique & Vintage Market ◆ Handcrafted Items

◆ Demonstrations of Pioneer Skills 

The name of the festival is a reference to the historic salt industry that helped lead to the development of Manchester and Clay County. In fact, one of the earliest references we have to the community that became Manchester was a 1795 newspaper article out of Lexington that described a new salt works on the banks of Goose Creek. The salt industry thrived in Clay County until the Civil War, when raids by both Union and Confederate armies destroyed most of the area's capacity for commercial salt production. These difficulties, coupled with the the discovery and development of new salt wells in other (more accessible) parts of the country, effectively ended the salt industry in Clay County.

While Clay County no longer exports salt to the outside world, the significance of the industry to the community has been given new life through the SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming. This festival is a weekend of food, music, dancing, storytelling, and more that highlights the culture of pioneer mountain life.

We hope to see you at the SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming as we celebrate our history, our culture, and our future!

SaltWorks Vendors Wanted

Interested in setting up at the SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming? Please download our Vendor Application form. We're sure our great festival attendees would love to see what you have to offer!


SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming Vendor Information & Contract

SaltWorks Festival Directions

From I-75 (London):

  • Turn east onto Hal Rogers Parkway at Exit 41. 
  • Follow Hal Rogers Parkway east for 22 miles to Manchester.
  • Exit at Manchester and turn north on Highway 421.
  • Follow US Highway 421 North for 1 mile.
  • Turn right onto Second Street. 
  • After crossing the Second Street bridge, turn right onto Railroad Avenue.
  • Stay on Railroad Avenue for 0.5 mile until it merges onto Y Hollow Road. Follow Y Hollow Road to the festival.

From Hazard:

  • Turn west onto Hal Rogers Parkway.
  • Follow Hal Rogers Parkway west for 37 miles to Manchester.
  • Exit at Manchester and turn north on Highway 421.
  • Follow US Highway 421 North for 1 mile.
  • Turn right onto Second Street. 
  • After crossing the Second Street bridge, turn right onto Railroad Avenue.
  • Stay on Railroad Avenue for 0.5 mile until it merges onto Y Hollow Road. Follow Y Hollow Road to the festival.

SaltWorks Festival Contacts

  • Main Stage – Rodney & Margy Miller: margymiller@icloud.com
  • Vendor Applications – Ronnie & Gail Miller:  gail@playthepiano.com (Vendor space is very limited, so first come first serve.) 
  • Stage 2 – Roy & Vanda Rice: vandarice@hotmail.com   
  • Kidz Zone – Amy Dunzweiler & Jessalyn Bowman: amy_dunzweiler@msn.com
  • Hospitality – Theresa & Dan Chambers
  • Merchandise – Tommy & Debbie Crawford

SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming

Memorial Day Weekend
Pioneer Village, Manchester, KY


The SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming 2018 Lineup offered something for everyone! Stay tuned for 2019 details!

Thursday, May 24

The festival begins Thursday evening, May 24, with vendors, pioneer camp, and music.

MAIN STAGE:
4:50 - 4:55 - Welcome - Rodney Miller
5:00 - 5:45 - Elias Crowe
5:50 - 6:35 - Local Honeys
6:40 - 7:25 - Stevens Family Tradition
7:30 - 9:00 - Regional Champion CCHS Tiger Troupe presents “Employees Must Wash Hands Before Murder”

STAGE 2 & KIDZ ZONE:
5:00 - Storyteller - TBA
5:45 Steven Napier - Master of Illusion & Message

Friday, May 25

Friday events begin at 5:00 pm with the opening of the new Stage 2. Vendors, train rides for children, Kidz Zone, Pioneer Village, Tanyard Forge, storytellers, and music will be offered.

MAIN STAGE:
4:50 - 5:55 - Welcome - Rodney Miller
5:00 - 5:45 - Elias Crowe
5:50 - 6:35 - John Sizemore Band
6:40 - 7:25 - Dean Osborne Band
7:30 - 8:30 - Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle
9:00 - 10:30 - Kentucky Headhunters

STAGE 2 & KIDZ ZONE:
5:00 - Storyteller-- TBA
5:45 - Steven Napier - Master of Illusion & Message
6:30 - Stephen “Doc” Hollen - Storyteller & Historic Interpreter

Saturday, May 26

Saturday, May 26 events begin at 11:00 am and continue throughout the day. 

11:50 - 11:55 - Welcome - Rodney Miller
12:00 - 12:50 - Elias Crowe
1:00 - 1:50 - Mitch Barrett / Zoe Speaks
2:00 - 2:50 - Salt Creek
3:00 - 3:50 - Hillbilly Jed
4:00 - 4:50 - Tidalwave Road
5:00 - 5:50 - Blakeley Burger & Huck Creek
6:00- 6:50 - Level Green
7:00 - 8:30 - Kevin Dalton & The Tuesday Blooms
9:00 - 10:30 - Exile

STAGE 2 & KIDZ ZONE:
11:30 - Aunt Molly Jackson - Chataugua personality
12:15 - Stephen “Doc” Hollen - Historic Interpreter (John Gilbert)
1:00 - Library Salt Art project
2:00 - Abraham Lincoln - Chautaugua Personality
2:45 - Carla Gover - Mountain Dance Workshop
3:30 - Mitch Barrett - Songwriting / Storytelling Workshop
4:15 - Pine Wood Derby
5:00 - Steven Napier - Master of Illusion & Message
5:45 - Stephen “Doc” Hollen - Storyteller & Historic Interpreter

 

The SaltWorks Appalachian Homecoming is a project of Stay in Clay, Inc. and funded by
the Manchester Tourism Commission, First National Bank Manchester, and Petrey & Newcomb Orthodontics.

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