The 50th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will be held Oct. 3-4 on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College and, as in past events, food and crafts will play key roles.
According to event coordinator Michael Corriston, applications are now being accepted for vendors to sell food items and for those who wish to sell various crafts.
The fee for “amateur” food booths is $90 per space for both days plus $35 for electricity. Professional food vendors will be charged $125 per day plus the $35 electricity fee. Crafts booths are $40 for each day of the festival.
The Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ has developed into one of the top arts and music festivals in Kentucky, attracting hundreds of people to the event held during the first weekend of October. With its slogan — “Keeping the Traditions Alive” — Corriston noted how the 50th event is expected to be one of the best ever.
Well-known musician Jimmy Rose and his band will perform on Oct. 4 at 7 in the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center theater. Rose is expected to draw a large gathering; tickets for the concert are on sale in the SKCTC Business Office located in Newman Hall. Contact Angie Fields at 589-3030; tickets are on sale now for $10, tickets on the evening of the show will be priced at $15.
In addition to the performance by Rose, the 2014 Swappin’ Meetin’ will feature several new musical groups as well as arts and craftsmen presenters.
“By reaching our 50th festival it proves we have a good product and that we are doing something right,” suggested Corriston. “A hearty thank you goes out to the many vendors and community participants who have enjoyed much support from the festival goers. These craftsmen keep coming back year after year.”
He said festival regulars seem to like what they see when the attend the Swappin’ Meetin.’
“We have a good reputation for what we sell and the music is first class. We strive to have a family atmosphere, our vendors are longtime friends. Additionally, the event requires an enormous effort by our faculty and staff and members of the community who work to make each and every Swappin’ Meetin’ the best yet!”
For more information about the 50th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin,’ contact Corriston at 606-589-3137.