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Appalachia Day Homecoming

*****After much consideration, prayer, and evaluation, we are sad to announce that we will be cancelling our 2020 Appalachia Day Homecoming Festival.*****


Alice Lloyd College holds its annual Appalachia Day Homecoming celebration every second Saturday of October. Hundreds of friends and alumni gather on campus to listen to traditional mountain music and peruse booths displaying the arts and crafts of Appalachian artisans. Other events which take place during this day of fun and fellowship include the annual Alumni Association Meeting, various athletic events, children’s storytelling, an Appalachian writers’ book signing, the induction of new members into the ALC Athletic Hall of Fame, the coronation of the Homecoming Queen and Princess, and the traditional soup bean supper.

Schedule of Events

Below is a tentative schedule of what we have planned for Our Appalachia Day Homecoming, which will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021. The Appalachia Day Homecoming event is coordinated each year by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Marketing & Communications.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Registration and Information Center
Upon arrival to campus, stop by this area to register for door prizes and pick up a schedule of the day’s events!
*Beside of Flag Plaza
*Rain Plan: Campbell Arts Center

ALC Bookstore Open
ALC logo imprinted sportswear, mugs, umbrellas, pens, and much more will be available for purchase.
*Davis Student Center – First Floor

Food Court
Stop by this area to grab a tasty treat.
*Parking Lot beside the June Buchanan Alumni Center
*Rain Plan: Booths without cover will go on the McGaw Library porch. All other booths will remain outdoors.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Appalachian Crafters and Authors
Visit with regional artisans and authors as they display and sell their work.
*Central Campus
*Rain Plan: Campbell Arts Center lobby or McGaw library porch.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Adults: $5.00; Children ages 3-12: $3.00; ages 3 and under: Free
*Davis Student Center – Hunger Din Dining Hall

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Traditional Mountain Music
Doug Hutchens and Rob Marshall will take the Appalachia Day stage to serve as emcees for the entertainment provided by local musicians.
Special thank you to Doug Hutchens and Rob Marshall for their continued support.
*Stage Area in front of Miss June’s House
*Rain Plan: Campbell Arts Center

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lil’ Eagles Appalachian Games
Join us for Appalachian games sponsored by The June Buchanan School Parent Teacher Organization  and the ALC Kentucky Education Association
*In front of the Campbell Arts Center
*Rain Plan: Campbell Arts Center lobby

11:00 a.m.

ALC Eagles Baseball and Softball Games vs. Alumni
You won’t want to miss these game between the current Eagles teams and returning alumni!
*Reeve Athletic Field and Softball Field
*Rain Plan: Cancelled

Corn Hole Tournament
Sponsored by the ALC Criminal Justice Club. $10 fee per two-person team.
*Eagle Park
*Rain Plan: Davis Student Center Racquetball Court

Just a Little Artsy Painting Class with Grace Henderson
A fall inspired painting class for ages 12 and up!
$5 fee at the door
*Campbell Arts Center Lobby
*Rain Plan: JBS Classroom TBA

12:00 p.m.

Dr. Joe Stepp, President of ALC, will welcome everyone to campus.
*Stage Area in front of Miss June’s House
*Rain Plan: Campbell Arts Center

1:00 p.m.

Alice Lloyd College Alumni Association Meeting
Alumni are encouraged to attend this meeting. President Stepp will provide updates on campus activities and projects.
*Ralph Edwards Auditorium – First Floor McGaw Library

Just a Little Artsy Painting Class with Grace Henderson
A fall inspired painting class for ages 11 and under!
$5 fee at the door
*Campbell Arts Center Lobby
*Rain Plan: JBS Classroom TBA

2:00 p.m.

ALC Alumni Reception
Alumni throughout the years are invited to visit this historical building and enjoy a time of reminiscing with friends from yesterday!
*Cushing Hall Auditorium

Rubber Duck Derby
Register for the Derby by stopping at the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) booth. Rubber ducks will begin their race in front of the June Buchanan Alumni Center and continue down Caney Creek. All proceeds will go to the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter.
*Rain Plan: TBA

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Founder’s Shack Viewing
Step back in time by visiting our earliest campus building.
*Rain Plan: Cancelled

3:00 p.m.

ALC Eagles Blue-White Game
Catch a preview of the 2019-2020 Eagles! Any Alumni in attendance will be recognized and asked to serve as honorary coaches.  The Alice Lloyd College Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will take place following this game.
*Campus Center

4:30 p.m.

ALC Lady Eagles Blue-White Game
Catch a preview of the 2019-2020 Lady Eagles! Any Alumni in attendance will be recognized and asked to serve as honorary coaches. The Alice Lloyd College Homecoming Coronation will take place during half-time.
*Campus Center

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Traditional Soup Bean Supper
Join friends – old and new – for a delicious soup bean supper (including all the fixins’)!
Adults: $7.00; Children ages 4-12: $5.00; Ages 3 and under: Free
*Hunger Din – Davis Student Center

6:00 p.m.

JBS Presents The Thread That Runs So True
JBS Theatre proudly presents Jesse Stuart’s classic tale of a struggling young teacher in the hills of Kentucky. Full of wit, flavorful mountaineer characters, and true romance in all its youthful sweetness, The Thread That Runs So True is a timeless classic that is suitable for the whole family.
*Campbell Arts Center

Music Schedule

Doug Hutchens and Rob Marshall will take the Appalachia Day stage to serve as emcees for the day’s entertainment provided by local musicians!

11:00 AM – Master’s Harmony

12:00 PM – President’s Welcome

12:15 PM – Voices of Appalachia

1:20 PM – Combs Family Tradition

2:30 PM – Doyal and Friends

3:40 PM – Sunrise Ridge

Driving to Alice Lloyd College

Getting to our campus is half the fun! First of all, do not rely on your GPS. We are an easily accessible campus, but finding us can prove to be a challenge for many visitors. If needed, we will be glad to send you the best driving instructions or guide you in from a nearby town or city. GO HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page for driving directions. The Google Maps embedded there will show you the best driving route.

Campus Map


Need a place to stay? We have included a few potential hotel/lodge accommodations.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Location: Hazard, KY

Visit the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hazard, Kentucky. The hotel is conveniently located off Highway 80 at 192 Corporate Drive, Hazard, Kentucky.

Phone Number: (606) 436-0102


Hampton Inn & Suites

Location: Hazard, KY

Near Highways 80 and 15, the hotel provides convenient access to downtown Hazard and is a 30-minute drive from Hindman, KY, which is near to the Alice Lloyd College campus in Pippa Passes. Free Wifi and hot breakfast included with stay.

Phone Number: (606) 439-0902


Jenny Wiley State Park’s May Lodge

Location: Prestonsburg, KY

Click here for more information.

Phone Number: (606) 889-1790


Grab some grub at the Appalachia Day Food Court where you’ll find all kinds of typical festival fare. Also, be sure to attend brunch and supper in the Hunger Din (information and pricing listed in our Schedule of Events).

If you’d prefer to eat elsewhere, local restaurants such as Caney One Stop, Subway, Pig in a Poke, Sazon, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, Hot Rod’s Pizza, and Paradise Pizza are nearby. There is also a Mini Mall Restaurant in the Holly Hills Shopping Center, a short drive from campus.


Parking is always an adventure at Alice Lloyd! Our college occupies a small campus, so parking spaces are limited. The earlier you arrive to campus, the better! There is one-way traffic through campus, and please note that central campus will be closed to traffic after 9 AM. Any of the members of our friendly staff would be happy to help you on Appalachia Day, so just look for them.

If you’d like to get a taste of Appalachia Day Homecoming or attended this year’s event and would like to relive the day’s activities, please view our Appalachia Day slideshow below.

Questions? Please contact:

Jennifer Hall, Director of Marketing & Communications,
Appalachia Day Chairperson
Phone: (606) 368-6055

Teresa Grender, Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: (606) 368-6044