BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Honey Festival is a tradition that has been around more than four decades, but rumors on social media made people wonder if the festival would continue.
Matt Noble is one of many beekeepers in the county. He fondly remembers seeing jars of honey in downtown Jackson during the Honey Festival, a showcase of local food, music, and crafts.
When Cory Goff learned that people who had helped run the festival resigned from the committee, rumors spread that the festival may not happen. He and his friends started talking to vendors and beekeepers like Noble. On Monday, he even met with the city’s mayor.
Mayor Laura Thomas told us over the phone that she does want the festival to continue in the heart of downtown, but maybe look at locating the music and food to be closer with the rest of the attractions.
Thomas hopes that new ideas and input will help to continue the traditions of the festival, but also rejuvenate interest from the community.
“It’s time for change. We need to embrace change to continue having the Honey Festival going for sure. It’s gonna be wonderful,” said Goff.