There’s something for everyone at McCreary County’s first Spring Trail Ride.
By Eugenia Jones
Saddle up and get ready for McCreary County’s newest event-The McCreary County 2021 Spring Trail Ride on April 22-24 at the Sandhill RV Camp.
The first of what will hopefully become an annual event is expected to bring riders with their horses from as far away as Connecticut and New York.
However, the event is not just for those with horses. In addition to horseback trail rides during the day, entertainment will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights with food, craft, and other vendors present at the Camp. The general public is invited to attend and enjoy the festivities on entertainment days/nights. There will be hand picked music and line dancing on Friday from 8:00 p.m.-midnight. General admission for non-campers on Friday is $5.00/children free. On Saturday, Threez Enuff Band will perform from 9:00 p.m. until midnight with line dancing music expected to begin at 8:00 p.m. General admission for non-campers on Saturday is $8.00/children free. Horseback riders who do not want to camp may also pay general admission and join trail rides during the day and enjoy entertainment at night.
Since organizers of the Spring Trail Ride would like to promote and assist individuals and businesses in the county as much as possible, local vendors are especially encouraged to set up. Vendors can set up for a fee of $20 (crafts/products/etc.) and $50.00 (food) for the three-day event.
The camping fee (with water, electric and includes all entertainment) for the three-night/day event is $105.00. Campers can arrive earlier in the week and book campsites for an extra fee. Limited primitive sites are also available. Campsites must be booked in advance.
Horseback riders from Stampede Run Horse Camp, owned by Rick and Darlene Hensley, as well as campers from Barren Fork are expected to join in on the Trail Ride and festivities at the Sandhill Camp. Rides will be occurring through the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest on trails connecting Sandhill, Barren Fork, and Stampede Run.
Organizers are hopeful the Spring Trail Ride will become an annual event and expand in the future to include a Fall Trail Ride. Long-term plans for the Sandhill Camp include upgrading the cabin and bunkhouses and the addition of barn stalls.