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Recap: 50th Annual Olive Hill Homecoming

2019 proved to be a very action packed year for the 50th annual Olive Hill Homecoming.

Between a parade, picnics, movie night, talent shows and fireworks, were many volunteers that made it all happen. Lisa Messer Conley teamed with Tammy Moore and several other volunteers managed to orchestrate nearly a solid week of on going activities for all kinds.

Check out the gallery we posted earlier this week for photos from the parade and quilt show.

Monday, July 1 featured the Gong Show, a community talent contest. Kylie Callihan took first place, Tyanna Lunsford came in second, and Audriana Steagall came in third, but certainly not last. Photos courtesy of Lisa Messer Conley

Around Town

Later in the week, a pop-up picking session and pub was established in a room inside the Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education. Zach Hunt, a Moreheadian, headlined the night singing his rendition of popular songs from nearly all genres that can be played with a string instrument.

Shortly before fireworks, ‘Bad Decision’ popped up at the Olive Hill Depot Trailhead to entertain a parking lot packed with people and children enjoying the food trucks and live music.

Kids played with light swords in the Depot parking lot while the adults enjoyed the live music.

Bad Decision live at the Depot.


The air hung heavy with smoke from locals blasting off their own fireworks before the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored pyrotechnics launched. Two houses across Tygart Creek held their own with an impressive collection of fireworks they purchased. We captured the big show on video and broadcasted it live on Facebook. See the video below. Click the speaker in the bottom left to unmute the video.

Olive Hill Fireworks

Posted by Carter County News on Thursday, July 4, 2019

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Cory Claxon can be reached at or by phone at (606) 225-5912.

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