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Bicentennial celebration

Photo by Jennifer McDaniels

Declaring it was “good to be home,” Harlan County native Jordan Smith – season nine winner of The Voice – brought the Harlan Bicentennial Festival crowd to its feet Saturday night with his rousing performance of Queen’s Somebody To Love, the song he also performed live in 2015 during the popular singing contest television show that wowed a national audience with his talent. Smith celebrated Harlan County’s 200th birthday with the large gathering that came out for his performance while he sang the songs that made him famous from the county’s new Bicentennial Stage. Gov. Matt Bevin (right) talked to the crowd before a parade through downtown Harlan.

Emily Perkins | Harlan Enterprise

Dressed to Kill, a Kentucky based KISS tribute band, also performed at the Harlan County Bicentennial Festival on Friday night. The band electrified the crowd with a number of KISS chart toppers, including the 1976 hit song “Calling Dr. Love.”

Chris Jones|Harlan Enterprise

Gov. Matt Bevin talked to the crowd before a parade through downtown Harlan.

Chris Jones|Harlan Enterprise

The Harlan County Bicentennial Parade filled the streets of downtown Harlan on the final day of the festival commemorating the county’s 200th birthday.

Chris Jones|Harlan Enterprise

The Harlan County Bicentennial Parade filled the streets of downtown Harlan on the final day of the festival commemorating the county’s 200th birthday.

Chris Jones|Harlan Enterprise

The Harlan County Bicentennial Parade filled the streets of downtown Harlan on the final day of the festival commemorating the county’s 200th birthday.