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Appalachia Day Homecoming

This year, Alice Lloyd College is celebrating a major milestone – 100 years of education in the Appalachian region. Join us on October 7, 2023, to celebrate the centennial of Alice Lloyd College during the Appalachia Day Homecoming festival. 

Vendor registration is now open! Click here to register as a crafter, author, or food vendor. 

Alice Lloyd College holds its annual Appalachia Day Homecoming celebration every second Saturday of October. For 2023, the festival will be held on the first Saturday, October 7th, 2023. 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 that 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 7, 2023. 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!
*Location: Central Campus

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.
*Location: JBAC Parking Lot

Appalachian Crafters and Authors
Visit with regional artisans and authors as they display and sell their work.
*Central Campus

10:00 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.
*Location: Miss June’s Meadow

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Lil’ Eagles Kids Crafts & Games
*Location: CAC Meadow Under the Tent

10:30 a.m.

Baseball Alumni Reception
*Fred Mullinax Athletic Field

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Adults: $5.50; Children ages 3-12: $4:50; ages 3 and under: Free
*Davis Student Center – Hunger Din Dining Hall

11:00 a.m.

ALC Eagles Baseball Game vs. Alumni
You won’t want to miss this game between the current Eagles teams and returning alumni!
*Fred Mullinax Athletic Field
*Rain Plan: Cancelled

12:00 p.m.

Dr. Jim Stepp, President of ALC, will welcome everyone to campus.
*Miss June’s Meadow

ALC Lady Eagles Softball vs. Travel Team
*Reeve Athletic Field

ALC Lady Eagles Volleyball vs. IU Kokomo
*Perry Campus Center 2nd Floor Gym

1:00 p.m.

Alice Lloyd College Centennial Program
*Campbell Arts Center

2:30 p.m.

Alumni Reception
*Cushing Hall

Athletic Alumni Reception
*2nd Floor Lobby – Perry Campus Center

3:00 p.m.

ALC Lady Eagles Blue/White Game
The Alice Lloyd College Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will take place after this game.
*Coach J Court – Perry Campus Center

4:30 p.m.

ALC Eagles Blue/White Game
The Alice Lloyd College Homecoming Coronation will take place during half-time.
*Coach J Court – Perry 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’)!
Compliments of Alice Lloyd College
*Hunger Din – Davis Student Center

7:00 p.m.

Centennial Celebration Concert Featuring Britt Nicole and Consumed by Fire
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.  Click here or call (606) 368-6014 to purchase tickets. Use code ALC1923 for buy-one-get-one-free tickets.
*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!

10:00 AM – Doug and Rob

10:10 AM – Master’s Harmony

11:00 AM – Rob and Doug

11:10 AM – High Carbon Steel

12:00 PM – President’s Welcome

12:15 PM – Voices of Appalachia

12:25 PM – Rob and Doug

12:30 PM – The Bryant Family

1:00 PM – Centennial Program in the Campbell Arts Center

2:20 PM – Doug and Rob

2:30 PM – Adleigh Marshall

3:00 PM – Doug and Rob

3:10 PM – Yeehaw Junction

4:00 PM – Doug and Rob

4:10 PM – Sunrise Ridge

Driving to Alice Lloyd College

Alice Lloyd College is located at: 

100 Purpose Road
Pippa Passes, KY 41844 

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


Our college occupies a small campus, so parking spaces are limited. The earlier you arrive on campus, the better! There is one-way traffic through campus, and please note that the central campus will be closed to traffic after 9 a.m. Handicap parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members of our campus security will direct those needing accessible parking to the designated areas.  Any of the members of our friendly staff would be happy to help you on Appalachia Day, so just look for them!

Vendor Information

As a longstanding courtesy to our crafters and authors, there is no charge for setting up a booth or table. However, you will need to provide your own tables and chairs. We encourage crafters to demonstrate the making of their crafts whenever possible.  Demonstrations add to the ambiance of the day and are something visitors enjoy. If electricity is required to demonstrate your craft, you must indicate this when you fill out your online registration form. Remember to bring your own extension cord(s). In keeping with tradition, items you bring to sell must involve handwork of some type.  Due to the Appalachian theme of the festival, commercially manufactured items will not be permitted.

In the past, several vendors have sold baked items along with their craft/author booths. However, to comply with state health regulations, ALL food items must be located in our designated Food Court. If electricity is required for your food booth, be sure to indicate this when you fill out your online registration form. If you are interested in having a separate booth for food, please contact the Marketing Office at 606-368-6055.  

 On the morning of October 7th, a designated Registration Table will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Both ends of campus will be blocked off at 9:00 a.m., and traffic will not be permitted to travel through campus after that time.  Please allow yourself adequate time to set up your booth and move your vehicle to the designated roadside parking below Campbell Arts Center before 9:00 a.m. To accommodate crafters, we will offer a shuttle from the parking lot back to the central campus. Activities and general registration will officially begin at 9:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at (606) 368-6055.

We look forward to seeing you in Pippa Passes on October 7th!

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