Isom, Kentucky

Isom is a small unincorporated community in Letcher County, Kentucky, United States. It is located at the junction of KY 7, KY 15 and KY 1148 nine miles (14.4 km) northwest of Whitesburg. As of the 2000 United States Census, the approximate population of the area in the Isom zip code was 1,078.[1]


Isom was named for Isom Sergent, a postmaster that lived in the community. It is located between Whitesburg and Hazard. Isom was very well known in the 1950s and early 1960s for the ever-popular Stock Sale. It was the central hub on weekends for buying, trading or selling livestock, produce, and many other goods. Families out for a Sunday drive would usually go by the Stock Sale.[2]

Isom Days

The first weekend of September each year, Isom hosts the Isom Day's Festival. The festival includes food booths, vendors and craft booths. Also various amounts of carnival games and rides.[3] The festival's biggest attention-getter is its International Pro Rodeo Association-sanctioned rodeo, which will be hosted by Rafter M. Rodeo on the fair grounds Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Shows begin at approximately 7 p.m. each evening. Professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the country compete for titles in seven different categories, including bronco riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirl barrel racing, steer racing and other rodeo events. The show also features comedy from the rodeo clown and other special performances. Winners of the Isom rodeo will go on to compete for a national title in January in Oklahoma.

Mountain Speedway

Mountain Speedway is located about a mile off of highway 15. The race track has a 1/8 mile Asphalt Drag Strip & 3/8 mile Clay Oval.[4]

Mountaineer Kartway

Founder and owner is Timothy Breeding. It is located on 45 Highway 7 North Isom, KY 41824. It's a Kentucky cooperation that has been running for eight years and nine months.



  1. Population Finder U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 21, 2008.
  2. "Uniquely Kentucky". Whitaker Bank. Whitaker bank.
  3. Meadows, Mary. "Rodeo Return for Isom Days Festival". Medical Leader.
  4. "Mountain Motor Speedway". RacingIn.
  5. "Joe's Drive In and Chicken".
  6. "Halcomb's Custard".

Coordinates: 37°11′16″N 82°53′56″W / 37.18778°N 82.89889°W / 37.18778; -82.89889

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