The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, founded in 1931, is one of Kentucky's oldest festivals. 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 festival's annual culmination is the celebrated queen's coronation, held at Laurel Cove Amphitheater of Pine Mountain State Resort Park, the commonwealth's oldest state park. Traditionally, Kentucky's governor crowns the queen with a garland made from the region's native mountain laurel. The elegant ceremony begins at 1:30 PM and the gate admission fee is $5.00 per person.