‘It’s a huge hit’: 2020 Knott County Fall Trail Ride canceled
KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - In a Facebook post Tuesday evening, the Knott County Tourism Commission announced the cancellation of the annual Knott County Fall Trail Ride.
“The trail ride is one of the biggest events actually in our region. It brings in roughly 3,000 to 5,000 depending on the concerts we have and stuff so it’s a huge economic boost to this area,” said Knott County Tourism Director Zach Hall.
People come from all over the country for a week of camping and riding.
“We usually have at least 13 states represented and that’s at least so usually more. Sometimes we get visitors from other countries,” said Hall.
Hall says since the trail ride is all about socializing, there was no safe way they could host it.
“This being a family event where most of it is just people getting together and then going riding, we just really think it’s a bad idea right after school starts up and having kids go to school and then potentially being around all these other people on the mountain just bringing it in to our area just is scary,” said Hall.
The biggest impact, however is the hit to the local economy. The spring and fall rides combined bring in nearly three million dollars.
“Our county that’s all we’ve got going for us. We have no industry there’s no coal mines there’s no factories or anything. For a region that’s trying to build everything on tourism this whole year has just been a set back for everybody in a spot that’s already set back so far,” said Hall.
The spring ride also had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“First time without a whole year of riding in 13 years, so it’s a big deal to our people. It’s a big deal to all the people that love to come and ride. We really just hope that once this is over they’re willing to come back up and see us all because we miss them you know we miss all those familiar faces and we just love doing this stuff,” said Hall.
Hall says they just have to focus on next years ride and overcome this set back.
“I think the whole region has to just we have to suffer this together but hopefully once it’s over we all work together to really make this whole region just pop because that’s all this place has is tourism and when people can’t tour you got nothing,” said Hall.
The ride would have been September 27 until October 3.
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