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Bluegrass and bicycles will take center stage in Oneida this weekend, as Scott County’s “Sizzlin’ September” continues with the second Big South Fork Bluegrass & Bike Festival.

Presented by the Scott County Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Town of Oneida, the Bluegrass & Bike Fest will stage from Oneida City Park, with both road bikers and mountain bikers invited to take part in the day of activities.

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The Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Committee has marked several road biking routes of varying lengths through West Oneida to the boundary of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Mountain bikers, meanwhile, will tackle the Big South Fork’s network of trails such as Grand Gap Loop and Collier Ridge.

At Oneida City Park, meanwhile, vendors will be on hand offering everything from food to arts-and-crafts, with live bluegrass music throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

“The concept of this festival was born from the fact that biking is currently the fastest-growing form of outdoors recreation, not only in East Tennessee but across America,” Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey Kidd said. “We have a national park with trails that have received international recognition, and we have beautiful side streets for road bikers, along with one of our state’s most beautiful and accessible municipal parks, so this event just made sense.”

The event also seeks to capitalize on the region’s attraction to bluegrass music.

Several local and regional bands will perform at the park throughout the afternoon, with Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier headlining the evening’s festivities.

A complete lineup of events, and maps of bike routes, are available on the festival’s website, www.bluegrassandbikes.com.

Admission to the event is free.

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