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Appalachia Day Homecoming

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 13, 2018. 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
Knott County High School Class of 1968 Reunion
Members of the “old” Knott County High School CLASS OF 1968 will meet in Hunger Din for Brunch and visiting.

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

12:00 p.m.

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

1:00 p.m.

ALC Alumni Association Meeting
All alumni are encouraged to attend this meeting during which President Stepp will share updates on campus activities and projects.
*Ralph Edwards Auditorium – First Floor McGaw Library

2:00 p.m.

Alumni Reception
Alumni of all years, are invited to revisit one of the campus’s most historical buildings and enjoy a time of refreshments and reminiscing with friends.
*Cushing Hall Auditorium

ALC Class of 1968 Reunion
Members of the CLASS OF 1968 will gather for a 50-year reunion
*Cushing Hall Founders Room

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Founder’s Shack Viewing
Our earliest campus building will be available for touring!
*Rain Plan: Cancelled

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Campus Center Viewing
Take a self-guided tour of the recently completed first phase of the Campus Center.

3:00 p.m.

ALC Lady Eagles vs. Alumni Basketball Game
The ALC Lady Eagles will compete against former Lady Eagles in an exciting game of basketball. The Alice Lloyd College Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will take place following this game.
*Campus Center

4:30 p.m.

ALC Eagles vs. Alumni Basketball Game
The ALC Eagles will take on former Eagles in a competitive game of basketball. 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: $4.00; Ages 3 and under: Free
*Hunger Din – Davis Student Center

Music Schedule

11:00 – Emcees Rob Marshall and Doug Hutchens
11:10 – Combs Family Tradition
12:00 – President’s Welcome
12:15 – Voices of Appalachia 
12:30 – Sunday Morning Gospel 
1:10 – Rob and Doug
1:20 – West Liberty Mountain Boys 
2:20 – Rob and Doug
2:30 – TBA
3:30 – Rob and Doug
3:40 – Darren Slone and Friends 
4:40 – Rob and Doug 

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 L&L’s Brickoven Pizza, Caney One Stop, Subway, Pig in a Poke, Sazon, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, and Hot Rod’s 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:

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

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