April is a Big Month for Tourism

By David Stewart

“April has always been a big month for our area,” said

Denise Wainscott, Director of Tourism. Union College’s campus will host the annual Redbud Festival of Appalachian culture. It will be held the weekend of April 17-18. Everyone is welcome to attend.  The festival includes: Crafts, workshops, traditional music, storytelling, farmer’s market, artisan demonstrations and more.”

Wainscott added, “Tourism really appreciates Bluegrass Teacher Quality, which will host the Downtown Revitalization/Mainstreet meeting. It will be held noon April 2, at the Bluegrass office in downtown Barbourville.”

She went on,” I would really like for the area’s public to come out for our Cumberland River Clean-up. This event will take place at the Thompson RV Park, Tuesday April 21 at 3 p.m. If you plan to help, be sure to wear old clothes, rubber boots and work gloves. The City of Barbourville, Union and Barbourville Tourism have partnered to sponsor this event. They will provide food, refreshments and prizes.

“And if this isn’t enough for the last 2 weeks of April,” Wainscott drew a deep breath, “The Redbud Warm Up and Redbud Ride will take place on the 24th through the 25th.