JUDY BARTON was a pioneer in the development of tourism in the Cumberland Gap Region. She served as the city recorder for the Historic Town of Cumberland Gap for many years. While in that capacity she served as director of the famous “Folk Fest” and was a driving force in the creation of “The State of Cumberland.” In 2000, while continuing to reside in Cumberland Gap, she became the director of tourism in Bell County, KY and became an advisor and advocate for tourism development throughout the State of Kentucky and the Cumberland Gap Region. She held this position until the time her health began to fail. Judy will forever be remembered for her love and devotion to the Cumberland Gap Region and its people which she displayed through her energetic “can do” attitude. Judy was a founding member of CGRTA’s board of directors.
The Cumberland Gap Region Tourism Association has established this $500 Memorial Scholarship to be presented annually to a high school senior within the Cumberland Gap Region. Criteria for application and selection is attached or go to our website at cumberlandgapregion.com.