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Articles about the festival

Focusing on articles about the Daniel Boone Festival

Actor Kevin Hardesty featured in one-man play, "The First Kentuckian"

By Charles Reed Mitchell

Actor Kevin Hardesty brings the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone to life in the one-man play, “The First Kentuckian,” on Tues., October 9 [2018] at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Barbourville, Ky. Part of the Daniel Boone Festival, the play will take place in the church’s Fellowship Room, back of the sanctuary, at 312 North Main Street, three blocks from the Court Square. There is no charge and the public is invited to come and learn about the man for whom this festival is named.

Read more: Actor Kevin Hardesty featured in one-man play, "The First Kentuckian"

Chautauqua play to tell story of Daniel Boone's daughter, Jemima, on Sept. 29

As the first event of the 68th Daniel Boone Festival, the committee presents the story of Daniel Boone’s daughter and fourth child, Jemima Boone, as portrayed by longtime Chautauqua actress Betsy B. Smith.  Echoing the theme of the 2015 festival, Jemima Boone took “A Walk with Boone” along parts of the Boone Trace more than once. 

Read more: Chautauqua play to tell story of Daniel Boone's daughter, Jemima, on Sept. 29

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