Paintsville Tourism Commission emphasizes summer successes

The Mountain Home Place farm’s new bridge safely connects the old schoolhouse to the church. The improvement is one of many successes and changes

During the Aug. 19 meeting of The Paintsville Tourism Commission, held at the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum, members focused on several successful happenings around Johnson County since June.

Some of the events discussed included the summer concert series held on the first Saturday of each month at Paint Creek Park, Market 606, the Back to School Bash, the Summer Jammin’ event held at the historic Stafford House, and a free presentation of the 1996 film “Space Jam” hosted by the Johnson County Public Library at the Historic Sipp Theater.

Commissioner Josh Johnson announced during the meeting that the Johnson County Public Library intends to have another free movie event at the Sipp in October.

Johnson also discussed many of the new things happening at the Mountain Home Place.

Over the past few months the tourist attraction has incorporated a new bee exhibit, stained the main building and gazebo, booked several weddings, replaced a bridge on the farm leading to the school house and have fixed the buggy in preparation for this year’s pumpkin patch.

The Mountain Home Place has also added devices in each structure on the farm that will play an audible history of that building, narrated by bluegrass musician CJ the DJ, a native of Floyd County.

“I know there’s always, ‘There’s nothing to do, there’s nothing to do,’” Johnson said. “but I feel there’s a good amount — more now than there’s been in a long time. There’s usually something going on.”

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