Knott Co. Trail Ride opens for the weekend

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

It technically does not start until Friday, but hundreds of people are already out on the horse trails in Knott County.

The Knott County Horse Trail Ride has grown every year since it started, and organizers say this year should be no different.

"Thousands of people come from all over," said Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson.

Horse trailers have been pouring in to Knott County since Sunday.

"Really its just fun to get away, see other people, and ride the trails," said Taylor Helton.

"Well it's the place to go you can ride the trails, bring your dog, bring your woman, or whoever. It's just a great family place, and one of the premier riding spots in the state of Kentucky," said Keith Barker.

Keith Barker has been coming to the trail ride for four years.

"It's unbelievable how much this place has grown," said Barker.

That growth also keeps vendors coming back. Fannie Mae Mast says she has actually never been out on a trail because her stand stays so busy.

"We come here to sell tack. We always try to bring some good broke ponies and horses to try and sell," said Mast.

People say they keep coming back every year for the great family atmosphere. They also say there are great trails for the horses.

"There is one trail that i love so much because you can go through a bunch of creeks, and you can swim and water your horses, and play on the trees. It's fun!" said Alexis Helton.

With an attraction as big as this one, Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson says it's bound to impact the economy in a positive way.

"It has a tremendous effect on businesses in Knott County," said Thompson.

And as long as there are good trails and a friendly atmosphere, people say they will keep coming back.

Friday, country music singer Joe Diffie will be performing at the trail ride, followed by Paul Bogart on Saturday and Ricochet on Sunday.

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