Trail ride underway in Knott County

KNOTT CO., Ky. (WYMT) - The Knott County Trail Ride going on this weekend is proving to be a real moneymaker for area businesses.

Folks have come from all around to take part in the festival.

"I know just this morning i followed a couple in from South Carolina, and prior to that we'd heard there was a group that came in from Connecticut. All the surrounding states are here: Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee," said Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson.

Organizers estimate between three to four thousand people were in attendance today, and officials say the ride is on pace to be the biggest ever.

With all the extra people, vendors say business is booming.

"We've been blessed i guess, you know with all the business, and we've been coming here for six years, and every time we come it's picked up," said Fannie Mast, co-owner of Mast Family Tack.

Officials say the trail ride also provides a boost to area businesses.

"State tourism officials told us a couple of years ago that it probably contributed between two and a half and three million dollars to the economy in east Kentucky," said Thompson.

Organizers say a lot of work went into getting things ready for the big trail ride this weekend.

"Usually the two weeks beforehand we come up here and we cut all the grass and we get everything ready for the food vendors and we have to get ready for the tack people," said Knott County Tourism Director Teresa Huff.

And even with some rough weather in the forecast, people we talked to say they would not want to be anywhere else.

The Knott County Trail Ride continues through this Sunday.

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