A small town coal miner from Pineville, who made his way to the top through a television talent show, will headline the Block Party event in Manchester on May 24.
Jimmy Rose’s Appalachian twang, politeness and humble attitude won the hearts of millions and earned him third place on America’s Got Talent in September 2013. He has since toured with America’s Got Talent Live.
His original song, “Coal Keeps the Lights On”, was an instant sensation following his audition on America’s Got Talent. Rose became an Appalachian folk hero on social media and in personal appearances in towns across Appalachia.
“This whole journey and the memory’s made will forever be instilled in my heart,” said Rose. “I am just as much proud of the ones who stood behind me through this journey as I am of my own self. Thank you all for making this happen for me, it was a great ride and one that I am still on.”
The Chamber Block Party will take place from 10 a.m. to dark. Local entertainers, vendors, inflatables, karaoke and activities will line the streets of Manchester for a day of family fun festivities. Additional entertainment will include Travis Wayne, Kevin Rice Band, Preacher Bill, Hensley Brothers, Jack’s Creek Boys The Leap and more. A golf tournament and corn hole tournament will be hosted.
Memorial Day weekend events will include over two dozen entertainers, hundreds of athletes, artists and car enthusiasts. A 5K run on Friday will be followed on Saturday by the block party and the Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming festival. Fireworks will be offered Saturday evening. On Sunday, Southeastern Sundays kicks off with artists, musicians, Native American demonstrations, storytelling and a Clay County Cruisers car show.
See ClayCountyKentucky.org for additional details.