42nd annual Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival boasts biggest turnout yet

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – After a one-year break because of COVID-19, Winchester’s Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival was back and organizers say, bigger than ever.

“It has thankfully blown our expectation,” says Nancy Turner, executive director of tourism for Winchester and Clark County. “I think this is the biggest crowd that we have had because the festival does span several blocks and each block is very busy.”

Winchester holds the festival every year during Labor Day weekend. Organizers say what started as a small event behind the courthouse has grown into large crowds.

“This festival in itself is kind of its own community,” says Turner. “You know, for 42 years we’ve had some of the same people be involved and to work in that capacity, it is great.”

Organizers say last year’s festival had to be cancelled and they were worried with rising cases from the delta variant, this year’s festival wouldn’t happen either. In February, it was decided to move the festival from its typical location in College Park to Winchester’s downtown area.

“There’s a lot of space for social distancing and you know, staying healthy,” says local festival attendee Torry Lemp.

Organizers say the family-friendly event will continue Sunday “rain or shine” with around 150 local vendors spread down Main Street.

“It’s great to be out here with all these smiles on the faces, no masks and some freedom and it’s just a lot of happiness and friendship out here today,” says Melanie Hammond, a volunteer from Winchester Christian Ballet.

An annual Winchester tradition aiming to get even bigger and better with each year.

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