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Plans are being finalized for the Coal Country Off-Road Festival on Sept. 26-28 at the Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park.


Jon Grace, director of Adventure Tourism, believes this will be one of the biggest years for the festival and one of the most memorable years for the festival’s haunted trail.


“Barring a catastrophe, I think this will be the best year yet. I highly suggest you go through the trail and see everything,” said Grace.


Grace is expecting nearly 10,000 visitors for this year’s event.


The festival will include ATV trail rides, costume contest, food, ATV vendors, fishing, camping and a live music performance from five local artists as well as a concert from Sundy Best on Sept. 27.


Tickets and wristbands are available for purchase from Ben Barnett’s office at the old Pineville Courthouse, at the off-road park and at the event.


At their monthly meeting Tuesday, Bell County Tourism discussed putting the finishing touches on their website at www.bellcountytourism.com.


Local events will be submitted to Judy Barton via the website for content filtering and approval.


This past weekend was one of the largest Cruisin’ the Crater weekends in history with nearly 340 automobiles on display. The final Cruisin’ the Crater event for 2014 will be on Sept. 20.


Main Street Pineville will be hosting a local art expo on Sept. 18 to showcase artwork from local painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists. If you are interested in participating, contact Main Street Pineville on Facebook.


Main Street Pineville’s KidsFest was held on July 31. Over 1,500 children from several surrounding counties participated in free giveaways and drawings, hot dogs, cotton candy and an outdoor movie showing.


The Bell County Extension Office will be hosting their annual Appalachian Craft Fair on the Square on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Several crafters and artisans will have their work on display for purchase as well as lunch food.


Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.


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