KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Knott County Fall Horse Trail Ride does not officially get underway until Thursday. But, as of Monday, several hundred campers had already staked out their places with horses in tow.
They're braving the sloppy weather in anticipation of brighter days later in the week.
"The weather doesn't bother us," said George Whitt, who has been coming for four years. "We're going to come, rain, snow or shine."
Knott Judge Executive Randy Thompson said, "We have had events in the past where it has rained the entire time, but the horse enthusiasts, they're die-hards and they don't care. We could approach 10 thousand people here and it's very likely we will be the largest city in east Kentucky on this reclaimed mine site this weekend."
The final tally may be indeed reach the tens of thousands. But a loyal crop of early attendees already graces the mountain.
Whitt's daughter, Emmalee, is one of them.
"I like seeing everybody that I hang out with," she said. "And riding horses and just having fun and listening to the music."
The event officially gets underway on Thursday. Riding, music and food vendors are planned for the weekend.