Festival combines Bluegrass with off-roading

The Bluegrass on the Mountain Festival took place at Wilderness Trail Offroad Park in Pineville on Saturday. Folks there say they had a great time.

"Where I live there is not a very good music scene so when I do hear of a good, live music show I always like to show up and support," said Cameron Hatfield of Knox County.

"It's been a great experience. I advise everybody to come out. It's a good thing. I mean the community and everybody comes out and it's a good time," said Matt Beason of Bell County.

One event organizer says that today's festival is great for promoting local artists who could use the exposure.

"One of the biggest problems that I see that musicians in this area face is they don't have an outlet. They don't have a venue. They don't have a way for their music to be heard. This is a perfect opportunity," said Darron Nichols.

Off-roading was also provided for free. The host and executive producer of Fisher ATV World on the Outdoor Channel, Brian Fisher, was promoting the festival and says Eastern Kentucky trails have a lot to offer.

"The nice thing about this is it's free and you can come here and it's like riding out west. It's the closest thing that i've ever really been to to riding in wyoming or montana. That's what it looks like when you get out there and you just enjoy the beauty that this area has to offer," said Fisher.

The Bell County Judge Executive says the event is not designed to make money, but intended to get tourists to spend their money in the area.

County officials say they hope to hold the festival again next year.

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