HUNTSVILLE — With the 4th of July holiday in the rearview mirror, local tourism officials have the next holiday — Labor Day — squarely in their sights.
Labor Day weekend will kick off what the Scott County Chamber of Commerce has for the last several years termed “Sizzlin’ September” locally — an entire month chock-full of festivals and events.
While the Chamber of Commerce is for the most part simply the promotional arm for events that are hosted and planned by other entities, this year is different. The chamber is making plans for its own festival to fill an empty week, since there are technically five weekends in September.
The Big South Fork Bluegrass & Bike Festival will take place at Oneida City Park on Sept. 7 as part of Sizzlin’ September.
“Brandon Hughett and Lesia Terry and our entire tourism committee have put a ton of work into the Bluegrass and Bike Fest and it promises to be a really big deal,” said Stacey Kidd, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.
The all-day festival will cater to both bluegrass music fans and biking enthusiasts. The nationally-recognized mountain biking trails in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area will be highlighted, along with three road bike courses of varying length through the neighborhoods of West Oneida to the Big South Fork. Motorcycles will be welcomed as well.
Back at the City Park, the main stage will feature local bluegrass bands throughout the day. The event will be headlined by the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, a bluegrass band from Middle Tennessee that attracts big crowds and has been frequently featured at the Grand Ole Opry.
“We’re really excited about this event,” Kidd said. “It’s an excellent way to spotlight our community, the musical talent that we have, and the recreational opportunities that we have here.”
Additional information is available at www.bluegrassandbikes.com.
Sizzlin’ September begins Labor Day weekend with events at Brimstone Recreation and Trail’s End Campground. The former will feature Gretchen Wilson in concert, while the latter will feature Colt Ford.
On Sept. 14, the annual Wings Over the Big South Fork air show will take place at Scott County Airport. The Big South Fork NRRA will host its annual Haunting In The Hills storytelling festival on Sept. 21. And the month will wrap up with the Heritage Festival at the Museum of Scott County.
“We’ve distributed rack cards featuring all these events to visitors centers throughout the state, and we’ve also distributed a vacation guide — Discover Scott — that highlights these events and all the activities we have to offer here in Scott County,” Kidd said. “We feel like we’re really starting to draw some attention to ourselves. People are beginning to realize that Scott County is an excellent place to visit.”