By: Bill EstepLexington Herald-Leader
September 25, 2012
Though shortened by one day, this year’s Black Gold Festival was certainly a success, and we’re hopeful the festival will continue to be as successful in the coming years.
It was 35 years ago that the first Black Gold Festival was held in downtown Hazard, and while the city is quite a bit different now, the festival remains Hazard’s flagship event. At no other time during the year are more people attracted to the city’s downtown, an area of Hazard that is more historically significant to the city’s economy than any other.
In short, downtown Hazard is the city’s heart, and it is only fitting that for a few days each year our heart gets a shot of activity in the form of the Black Gold Festival.
Of course, the festival has its detractors, especially in a down economy. You can’t please everyone, but from what we could tell this past weekend, there were certainly more pleased looking people than not roaming Main Street. There were certainly a lot of smiles on the faces of children at the Kiwanis Carnival on Memorial Drive. There were certainly a lot of funnel cakes, gyros and chickens on a stick being consumed, and there were a lot of people turning out to see the entertainment next to City Hall.
That tells us that the hours the members of the Black Gold Festival Committee spent planning the festival were not wasted, and more importantly, that the people who came down to Main Street by and large had a good time. And that’s the whole point, because really, at the Black Gold, there’s a little something for everyone.
— The Hazard Herald