Upcoming events discussed by outdoor board
Joe P. Asher Staff Writer
The Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board discussed plans for several spring events, including ideas for this year’s Southern Shine Crawl.
Ken Crider, a member of the board, said the panel could consider retaining another television personality as was done at the 2013 Southern Shine Crawl. The 2013 event featured one of the stars of the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiner” reality program.
“Last year we did the TV celebrity thing and it actually worked out pretty good for us,” said Crider.
Crider suggested the board check into the possibility of booking one of the actors from the hit TV series “Justified.”
“I’d like to have the Southern Shine Crawl on the park,” suggested chairman Dallas Gilbert, referring to possibly changing the location of the event.
Magistrate Jonathan Pope attended the meeting and spoke to the panel about some possibilities involving the sport of bicycling in Harlan County.
“Josh Patton, a national bicycling champion, came up and spent two nights here,” said Pope. “I took him all over the county… He was completely impressed.”
Pope said Patton was interested in designing bicycle trails in Harlan.
“What is this guy’s motivation?” asked Crider.
Pope said Patton wants to work at designing trails, and has studied marketing and design.
“He wants to lay out the best tracks in the world,” said Pope. “He does want to make money at it, but he’s picked Harlan as the best geography for what he does.”
Ronnie Shoope suggested Patton come to a future meeting so the panel can discuss the issue with him.
“He’s going to,” said Pope. “He wants to sell his brand. He’s been all over the world racing and he said there’s no better geography for what he does than Harlan County.”
The board also mentioned some upcoming events in April.
“The April Fool’s Crawl is April 5,” said Shoope. “We’re going to do a footrace on April 6. We’ll have more information ready at the next meeting.”
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