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Minnie Adkins Day

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Minnie Adkins, Folk Artist

Minnie Adkins, world famous Folk Artist.

Mike Norris and Minnie Adkins

Mike and Minnie performing "The Bright Blue Rooster" song from their children's book of the same name at the first Minnie Adkins Day 2014.

Minnie Adkins with her art

Minnie displaying one of her many unique creations.

Little Sandy Lodge, Sandy Hook, KY

Little Sandy Lodge home of Minnie Adkins Day.

Peaceful Valley Folk Art Shop

Minnie with some of her first pieces at her Peaceful Valley Folk Art Shop and Museum.

Minnie Adkins and Anita Skaggs

Minnie with Anita Skaggs owner of the Little Sandy Lodge.

Among the best-known folk woodcarving artists in Kentucky is Minnie Adkins. She is adept at creating animal carvings and has given generous assistance to her various neighbors to help them in developing art careers of their own. Minnie is known for her red foxes, bears, possums, tigers and roosters. Her figures are smoothly carved and painted and the animal faces are distinctive. Minnie also carves and paints scenes from the Bible, but overall, her favorite subjects are animals.

To many in Kentucky, the twig roosters carved by Minnie Adkins are synonymous with the term “folk art.” She taught herself to carve as a child, and it was not until 1987 that she realized that others might be interested in buying her work. Not only were others interested, but the demand was so high that her then-husband, Garland Linville Adkins, began carving as well. Together the two artists created some of the most sought after folk art in the country.

Although Garland passed away in 1997, Minnie Adkins continued to create a diverse range of art, including pottery. In 1999 she married Herman Peters, and almost immediately inspired him to become an artist as well! Peters made giant iron roosters, among other things. After Herman’s death on June 6,2008, Minnie again continued to create her folk art now assisted by her grandson, Greg Adkins and her son Mike Adkins.

Minnie has been featured in a short documentary film and many publications. In the late 1980s, Minnie and Garland founded “A Day in the Country”, a folk art fair that featured works by over 50 folk artists from Kentucky and nine other states. The American Folk Art Museum, The Smithsonian, The National Gallery of Art and many more collect Minnie’s work. Many critics consider her one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Minnie continues to carve her iconic figures and collaborate on children's books.  In 2014 the first Minnie Adkins Day was celebrated on the grounds of the Little Sandy Lodge in Sandy Hook, KY on the Third Saturday in July. Her home county, Elliott, has designated the 3rd Saturday in July as a day to honor and celebrate its own resident Folk Artist.

Hotels in the Area


  • Amercias Best Value Inn (606)474-7854

205 KY-1947, Grayson, Ky 41143

      Days Inn (606)898-2135

501 C W Stevens Blvd., Grayson, Ky 41143

West Liberty

  • Days Inn by Wyndham West Liberty (606)743-4206

1613 W Main St., West Liberty, Ky 41472


  • Best Western Eagles Inn (606)784-5796

110 Toms dr., Morehead, Ky 40351

  • Hampton Inn Morehead (606)780-0601

500 Hampton Way, Morehead, Ky 40351

  • Comfort Inn & Suites (606)462-2141

2650 Ky-801 North. Morehead, Ky 40351

  • Days Inn by Wyndham Morehead (606)783-1484

170 Toms Dr., Morehead, Ky 40351

  • Redroof Inn (606)784-2220

175 Toms Dr., Morehead, Ky 40351


  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ashland (606)929-1720

13131 Slone Ct., Ashland, Ky 41102

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ashland (606)928-1222

10945 Route 60, Ashland, Ky 41102

  • Ramada Limited Catlettsburg/Ashland (606)739-5700

6000 Crider Dr., Catlettsburg, Ky 41129

"Minnie Adkins is the most important female wood carver in America."

                                   Matt Collinsworth,

                                   Director of the Kentucky

                                   Folk Art Center

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