Magoffin County KY
Founders Days Festival Committee of Interested Citizens
A county festival for the
people of Magoffin County and those who have roots in eastern Kentucky
and others who are interested in the genealogy and history of our
area, was sponsored by the Magoffin County Historical Society.
The Festival offered
young people opportunities to enter contests and win prize money for
excelling in academic subjects such as math, spelling, essay writing,
and art. Pageants were held for young people from age one day to age 14
for boys and girls and for young women from age 17 to age 26. Entrants
gained confidence and poise by speaking and/or performing before an
audience. The parade, drama, fashion shows, pet shows, clogging and
other dance exhibitions, and specialty acts offered other opportunities
for young people to perform before large appreciative audiences.
A family surname was
selected each year and that family was honored for their contributions
to the development of our county. A book of genealogy was prepared and
the family surname was engraved on a marker on the Community Center
lawn. These markers also serve as historical landmarks for visitors to
our area. The markers, along with our printed publications and log
cabins, bring many visitors to our county all year long.
The festival was previously held in the fall
during the week before Labor Day.
The festival was held in Salyersville, KY, the county seat of
Magoffin County. Most activities took place at
the Magoffin County Historical Society Log Cabin Complex located
beside the Lloyd M. Hall Community Center.
Our county was established and named
in 1860. Before that we were part of Floyd, Johnson, and Morgan
counties. Our area was settled mostly by the families of Revolutionary
War soldiers and pioneers from the Carolinas, Virginia, Pennsylvania,
and other states who wanted to find a good place to settle and raise
Our residents today
are, for the most part, descendants of these hardy pioneers who carved
from the wilderness homeplaces and livelihoods for their families.
These descendants continue to live on and love the land of their
illustrious ancestors. The Magoffin County KY Founders Days Festival
works toward honoring these ancestors and allows us to show our pride
in our eastern Kentucky heritage and our county.