Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee comes through Pickett
Submitted by: Wm. K. Robbins,
Byrdstown- Pickett County
Chamber of Commerce
Monday, Sept. 10th was a landmark day for the Dale Hollow Lake Welcome Center. Not only did we welcome our 1,000th visitor but actually welcomed our 1,225th guest since the grand opening held March 23rd of this year. Starting the day of the open house, a registry book kept in the lobby for guests to sign when they come into the welcome center and or visit the museum. Through the first week of September 958 guests representing 12 states.
Along with the nations of England, Canada and Hungary have all stopped in looking for directions or area information, to use the public wi-fi or see the Borderlands Civil War exhibit.
With the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee or BRAT that came through brought an additional 280 riders plus an additional 20 in event support staff bringing the total to 1,258 guests that have used this county resource since the end of March. The welcome center was a designated rest and staging point on the tour and the pavilion used for the Farmers Market was the first official rest stop on the tour route from the starting point at Standing Stone State Park as they pedaled their way to Pickett State CCC Memorial State Park.
The ride Monday covered 65 miles through Overton, Pickett and Fentress counties and included riders from 36 states, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Events like the BRAT are an excellent way to bring people into our community so they can see how beautiful and diverse the terrain is in Tennessee. The event was co-sponsored by the Byrdstown – Pickett County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Tennessee State Parks, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Grand Fondo Cycles, REI, the City of Kingston, Nineteenth Creative, the Monterey Depot Museum, Hub City Bicycle Company, and Keep Tennessee Beautiful. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefits the Cumberland Trail Conference and the Tennessee State Park Rangers Association, both non-profit organizations.
We also appreciate The Friends of Cordell Hull stepping up to provide on-site support for the bicyclists that will be stopping at the welcome center. The Chamber takes this opportunity to recognize three of our chamber members that donated cookies as snack for the riders as they stop in at the welcome center. The Chamber of Commerce recognizes the Dixie Cafe, Farmhouse Restaurant and Subway of Byrdstown for their time and efforts in helping welcome our guests into the community. In addition, let us thank those members of The Friends of Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park that baked goodies to share with our guest.