More than 1,000 people traveled to Prestonsburg on Wednesday for the start of the Jenny Wiley Festival.

Organizers offered free rides from the Casey’s Rides carnival, Front Porch Pickin’ from the Mountain Arts Center and a meet and greet with Ron and Amy Shirley from the television show, Lizard Lick Towing, who will also make appearances at noon on Friday and Saturday in the Sally Gate lot, near the city fountain. 

Friday’s activities include presentations of “Jenny Wiley: the Story,” hosted by Robert and Shannon Daniels, as well as the annual Literary Pumpkin Decorating contest, a cornhole tournament and gospel music.

On Saturday, the Jenny Wiley 5K will start at 8 a.m., the car and motorcycle shows will begin at 9 a.m., the annual Jenny Wiley Pumpkin Derby will start at 11 a.m. and “Jenny Wiley: The Story” will be performed at 1 p.m. 

The parade will begin at 3 p.m. on South Lake Drive on Saturday. Jenny Wiley Festival Committee Chairperson James Allen said that the city is prohibiting candy to be thrown in the area near city hall during the parade. He said to reduce the crowd that usually comes to that area, parade participants will be asked not to throw candy from the stop light on Court Street to Prestonsburg City Hall. 

For a complete schedule of events, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

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