By Eugenia Jones
It’s time to cook up a pot of chili, put on your dancing boots, and get those floats ready for this year’s annual McCrearyFest Festival and Parade on Main Street in Whitley City. McCreary County Tourism Director, Michelle Perry, announced the McCrearyFest Scavenger Hunt begins on Monday, September 26 and ends on Friday, September 30 with daily clues announced on local radio station WHAY 98.3 and posted on the McCrearyFest Parade and McCreary County Tourism Facebook pages.
The McCrearyFest kickoff event is Friday night, September 30, 2022 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., featuring a chili cook-off and line dancing on the street. There is no fee to enter the chili cook-off; however, chefs must register by September 25. Chili needs to be dropped off for competition at 5:30 p.m. The winning chef receives a trophy and best chili bragging rights!
At the same time and location, The McCreary County Public Library will host Artisan night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This event features local artisans demonstrating their skills and talents. Some of the artisans will have their handiwork available for purchase.
Parade day is Saturday, October 1, 2022 with vendor set up in downtown Whitley City at 8:30 a.m. From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. there will be vendors, a free petting zoo, free games, and dunking booth. The hula hoop contest and sack race (free to enter) are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. This year’s McCrearyFest Parade (Fall into Autumn theme/ free entry) launches at 12:00 p.m. noon with live music afterwards. Vendor and parade applications are being accepted until September 25th at the McCreary County Tourism Office. Set up fees are required from vendors.
For more information about McCrearyFest, contact McCreary County Tourism Director Michelle Perry at 376- 3008.