Festival brings entertainment to off-road park
by Kelsey Gerhardt
The Coal Country Off-road Festival will be held Friday through Sunday.
The event will include a haunted forest, an ATV Trail on Friday night, a King of the Holler competition and concerts from numerous acts including Brooklyhn Woods, Chris Rose, The New Busy, Blake Branscom, Jade Robertson, Nate Cornett, Derek Jones and Shooter Jennings.
The haunted trail will be on Friday night and is open to ATVs and side by sides only. The lineup will begin at the marked intersection of trail 66 and trail 56 . Lineup will begin around 6:30 p.m. with the trail to open around dark (8 p.m. or so). A map and rules for the trail can be found on the festival’s website.
Wilderness Trail Off-road Park is looking for groups or individuals to volunteer as actors for the Haunted ATV Trail on Friday night. You can bring your own costume or they can provide a mask for you. There will be an actor meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park at the intersection of the new blacktop road and trail 56.
“Without wonderful folks like these who donate their time, this event just flat-out doesn’t happen. As volunteering goes, this is about as fun an event as a person could volunteer for in my opinion,” said event coordinator John Grace.
Shooter Jennings will be holding a concert at the festival on Saturday night. Tickets will be available for pre-sale on the Wilderness Trail website and at the old Pineville Courthouse the week of the event as well as at the concert gate for $20 at the vendor area.
The event has grown from having 500 attendees the first year to becoming one of the largest off-road events in the country, hosting approximately 10,000 people last year. Last year there were 16 states represented including folks from as far away as Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Nevada and Alaska as well as a large contingent of local trail riders from the Bell County area.
For complete information, park and event rules, and more check out www.wildernesstrailoffroadpark.net. Those who will be willing to volunteer can contact Jon Grace at 606-499-0567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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