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The 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!

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.

Monkey Dumplins Story Bridge Theater

A story is born, a story is "growed", and then it is harvested, so it can be told... We gather them together, with little muss and fuss, to present "Monkey Dumplin's", the story of US.

Monkey Dumplins Story Bridge Theater harvests local stories by teaching the art of story telling, then capturing and performing the fascinating oral history of Clay County on stage. Monkey Dumplins draws people with varied backgrounds and beautifully interweaves their many creative talents.

Participants share important, untold stories. Actors extract the essence through drama, movement, and song. The performance may be moving, funny, or profound, and leaves the teller and the audience with fresh insight and a stronger sense of community.

Labor Day Weekend


Downtown Manchester, Kentucky

We've got a wicked, talented group of musicians booked for our Manchester Music Fest! This three day lineup includes local favorites and nationally known headliners.

Come join us Labor Day Weekend in the heart of downtown Manchester, KY where the streets will be filled with great music, delicious food, cold beer, and good friends.

Cruzin' In The Park

Clay County Cruisers presents the annual Cruzin' In The Park on the last Sunday of each month from April to September. Cruzin's begin at 1 pm in Manchester, Kentucky. A special Halloween Bash event is scheduled each October.
  • Free
  • Car & Truck Shows
  • DJ Playing Oldies Music
  • Door Prizes
  • Food
  • Fun & Games For Everyone
Everyone is invited. Plan to bring the entire family. Enjoy a free car show and have fun and fellowship with old friends and take the opportunity to make lots of new friends as well.

Open to all types of collector vehicles. Food available on grounds. Don't wait, start making your plans to attend, now.

Join The Movement

"Stay In Clay" is comprised of progressive Clay County residents who have come together to cross all boundaries of race, economic, and social class, to empower our people, bond our community, and strengthen our local move Clay County forward with pride and purpose.

Stay in Clay is a group formed to help boost the spirit, pride, and morale of our people and help improve the look and condition of our hometown/county. We want Manchester and Clay County to be the place people want to live, stay, retire, visit, come home to!

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