Country music star Bucky Covington (left) brought WLAF’s Lindsey Hutson on stage for a sing-a-long.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A chilly, misty start.  Construction in downtown La Follette.  Hurdles getting vendors in and set up.  Yes, there were challenges for the 5th annual Big Creek Fall ATV Festival.  However, after a break in the weather, the crowds broke out.  See all of Charlie and Lindsey Hutson photos HERE.

La Follette and Campbell County offer the perfect setting for an ATV playground.

“I can’t ever remember seeing people almost shoulder to shoulder half way through downtown,” said festival organizer Jimmy Jeffries, also the La Follette City Administrator.  The festival, Jeffries idea, was a total community effort.  Jeffries noted that, “Our mayor, council and all of our city employees worked really hard to make the festival successful.  The sponsors were so supportive; Shake and Bake Motorsports, Ride Royal Blue, Ray Varner, Ford, Dixie Roofing, United Cumberland Bank, Lifetime Trail Maps, Pyro Shows, Cannon & Cannon, Joint Economic & Community Development Board, Mark One Manufacturing and WLAF.”

Food, fun and flu shots.  Yes, “Mamma Flu,” also known as Kathy Myers (left), was on hand from the La Follette Medical Center administering flu shot to festival goers.

 “Thank you to everybody who attended. I hope you all enjoyed it,” Jeffries said.

“All of our organized rides went really well, and Bucky Covington was great,” Jeffries said.  The country music star headlined the entertainment.

City employees enjoyed the day even though they put in very long hours to pull off the festival.

Around 100 vendors were on hand for the 5th annual ATV Fest.

It was a long day for all concerned.  Jeffries said it was 18 hours for him.  His watch read that he walked 13 1/2 miles on Saturday.  He said, “But it’s worth it to do something good for our community.”

Jimmy Jeffries (left) announced the winning ticket number, and Jonica Bond Green (right) excitedly came on stage to claim her the grand prize.  Jonica won a 2020 Kawasaki Teryk at the ATV Fest.  It’s courtesy of Shake-n-Bake Motorsports, City of LaFollette and Ride Royal Blue.  

Big Creek Bessie provided the perfect photo opp setting.

The committee is already planning next year’s event, and expect it to be bigger and better than ever.  It’s tentatively scheduled for the weekend of October 10, 2020.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/14/2019-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE AND LINDSEY HUTSON)