Thousands of people from all over the nation are traveling to an ATV festival in Harlan County this weekend.
The Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club says Adventure Tourism is growing across the nation, but the home for outdoor activities is right here in Eastern Kentucky. This weekend, nearly two thousand visitors traveled to Harlan for the second year of Fall Crawl.
"Basically it’s just a fall festival type of event to bring people into Harlan County and its done it. All the motels are full, all the rental homes are full, and the campgrounds are full," said Preston McLain, President of Ridge Runners.
McLain says the beautiful mountains bring in the ATV enthusiasts and more people to spend money in Harlan County, helping to boost the county's economy.
"It is the ATV capital. It’s been great for the economy. It’s a resource that they're taking advantage of and it's a great thing," said Barry O'Rourk.
And the money the ATV riders bring in to the region doesn't just help the county. The Cloverfork Support Our Troops Group is raising money for care package to send overseas.
"It’s unbelievable the business we've had, so we appreciate everybody," said Sandra Huff.
McLain says ATV season is just beginning and the Harlan hotels and campgrounds are already booked through Thanksgiving.
For more information on the Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club, you can visit http://kyoutdoors.com/.