White Knuckle brings big economic impact to Scott County

(WBIR - Huntsville) ATVs are roaring through Scott County this weekend. The area is seeing a significant influx of visitors all in town a very popular event.

The 8th annual "White Knuckle" event brought an estimated 10,000 ATV enthusiasts to Scott County to take advantage of the area's more than 300 miles of trails spread across 20,000 acres.

The event is sponsored by Brimstone Recreation and is said to by one of the area's biggest tourist attractions of the year, offering lots of ATV competitions and several concerts. But perhaps the biggest attraction for the riders are the open trail found inside the Cumberland Mountains.

Chase Lipman of Gatlinburg said, "It's so much fun. You get muddy. And you get to ride over bumps, catch air, and just get dirty."

Brian Kilgore of Barbourville, KY said, "The trails are clean, they're marked, it's easy to find your way around and not get lost. They maintenance (sic) the roads good here. It's a good challenge and good rock climbing."

Another good thing about the annual event is the impact it has on Scott County's economy, with neighboring businesses seeing a dramatic increase in customers.

Donika Terry with Brimstone Recreation said, "People are coming in from all over. They're buying gas here, they're buying their ice here, cigarettes. I mean they're spending their money here getting their riding permits."

But for those who prefer staying on the recreational site, dozens of vendors can be found all over selling all sorts of items.

Bryan Phelps, Owner of Hawg Dawgs, said, "This is our second year out here at Brimstone and we tend to do pretty good. We make a good little profit."

White Knuckle ends Sunday, May 25th.


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