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Haley Morgan Cook represents LWC at Mt. Laurel Festival

By Mariah Stearns
News from Lindsey Wilson College

PINEVILLE, KY - A Harlan County, KY, resident represented Lindsey Wilson College this weekend at the 2016 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. Haley Morgan Cook, daughter of Roy and Lisa Cook, of Harlan was LWC's representative May 25-28 at the 86-year- old festival.


Cook, who is a nursing junior at the liberal arts college, was one of 20 students from Kentucky colleges and universities who were members of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen's court. Connor Rose Cook of University of Pikeville was crowned Saturday 2016 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen.

"To be a part of such an elegant, timeless tradition was a huge honor to me," says Cook when recalling her favorite moments from the event, "This experience allowed me to truly become in touch with the beauty and richness of Kentucky. I am proud to call this place home."

The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is one of Kentucky's oldest festivals, second to the Kentucky Derby.

Founded in 1931, the festival has been held every year in Pineville - except during the war years of 1942-47 - a city of 2,000 nestled in the Appalachian foothills in Bell County.

The festival was started to honor 18th-century pioneer explorer Dr. Thomas Walker, an Englishman who led one of the first European expeditions through the Cumberland Gap.

The festivals culmination is the queens coronation, held Saturday afternoon at Laurel Cove Amphitheater in Pine Mountain State Resort Park, the commonwealths oldest state park.

Traditionally, Kentucky's governor crowns the queen with a garland made from the regions native mountain laurel. -Mariah Stearns, Lindsey Wilson College


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2016-05-31 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College.
Haley Morgan Cook, Harlan, KY, represented Lindsey Wilson College in the 2016 Mountain Laurel Festival a Pine Mountain State Park, Pineville, KY.

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Haley Morgan Cook and escort, Dalton Overbay



2016-05-31 - Pineville, KY - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College.
Haley Morgan Cook and her escort Dalton Overbay represented Lindsey Wilson College at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. - Mariah Steans

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Haley Morgan Cook and escort, Dalton Overbay



2016-05-31 - Pineville, KY - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College.
Dalton Overbay, escort, and Lindsey Wilson College's representative at the Mountain Laurel Festival, Haley Morgan Cook, in parade attire.

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