Memorial Day weekend boosts business in Knott County

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) — Open year-round in Knott County, Mine Made Adventure Park and Campground offers 60,000 acres of mountain biking, SxS, dirt or horseback riding trails and primitive or modern campsite.

County officials said Memorial Day weekend is important at the park as staff welcome people from across the Commonwealth and beyond.

“We’re from Campbellsville, Kentucky, which is in central Kentucky, and we’re here to take the tour and see what’s going on around Mine Made Adventure Park,” Ashlee Lyons said.

It was Ashlee’s first time on these trails, but people like Charlie Williams said they bring the family every year.

”People in the area miss him [by] doesn’t come because it’s a good cheap ride,” Williams said. “Ten dollars, or five dollars to park your machine, this weekend is ten dollars a person to get in. Good entertainment for a good price.”

Knott County Executive Judge Jeff Dobson said he was happy to see local businesses thriving over the holiday weekend.

“It’s a huge weekend for the county,” he said. “90% of these people are from out of town, out of state, they come here, they spend a lot of money here on local businesses.”

Dobson added that while the weekend involves good family fun, it’s important to remember the deeper meaning of Memorial Day.

“Hey, we appreciate all those people who came out to support and walk with us here in honor of our fallen troops who fought for freedom,” he said. “We owe them everything.”

As gasoline prices hit record highs, Dobson said now is the perfect time for a place like Knott County to thrive.

“With our success with this park, bringing all these people here, it’s just a success for Knott County, it’s a success for eastern Kentucky,” he said.

Park officials hope to replicate the success of Memorial Day weekend by hosting the Mine Made Bluegrass Festival From June 2 to June 4.

Executive Judge Dobson said places were filling up quickly for the festival.

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