The event drew several hundred residents from all over the state last year, and Evarts Mayor Burl Fee anticipates this year’s event will be a just as big.
“We’re expecting a big turnout up here Saturday. I think we’ll get between 1,500 and 2,000 people at the least. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun,” Fee said. “Last year, people came from all over to enjoy the event. We had one family come here from South Carolina, and after the event was over they went right back home. So we feel that it is a quickly growing event right now.”
Fee went on to say that a large amount of food will be prepared throughout the day. Three gallons of ramps, 30 pounds of soup beans and over 400 cornbread fritters will be just a few of the choices available. Fee says everyone is welcome to eat as all meals will be free of charge. The Harlan County Ridge Runners will also be giving free guided rides during the day.
Daniel Mongiardo will be attending the event. Preston McLain, president of the Harlan County Ridge Runners, says he is happy to have the lieutenant governor visiting.
“I think he will enjoy himself down here. He’s been riding here before, and he has always had a good time. This will be the first official event that he will attend of ours, and I think it will be very exciting,” McLain said.
McLain also said the event will have a big impact on Harlan County economically, just as it did a year ago.
“Last year, we had a very good turnout. We anticipate the same result this year as well,” he said. “We expect a lot of people to attend this event from out of state. Anytime you have a lot of people traveling to Harlan County for one of these events, you can expect a big boost in the economy.”