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Brimstone's 'Roundup' kicks off 'Sizzling September'
posted 08/30/2012 by wkcarroll@highland.net

HUNTSVILLE — Thousands of out-of-town guests are expected to flock here this weekend for Brimstone Recreation’s SXS Roundup.

The annual Labor Day weekend event gets underway tomorrow (Frdiay) and continues through Sunday, and is billed as one of the nation’s top ATV festivals. It takes place on the nearly 20,000 acres of property near Huntsville managed by the Brimstone company.

Country music recording artists Justin Moore and Dustin Lynch will headline this year’s Roundup, with each taking the stage Saturday evening at Brimstone’s Half Cabin Event Area on Trail #3 off River Road.

Event wristbands are required in addition to Brimstone permits. A complete schedule of events can be found on Brimstone’s website, www.brimstonerecreation.com.

Erika Schmelter, Brimstone’s operations manager, said the event has become an international lure, drawing people from the U.S. and foreign countries.

“[It] has become an adventure destination attracting thousands of people from around the globe and ultimately creating a positive economic impact in a rural community with the highest unemployment rate in Tennessee,” Schmelter said.

The event kicks off a busy month locally that tourism promoters bill as “Sizzling September.” Over the next five weeks, everything from ATVs to storytelling to a celebration of heritage will be featured.

On Sept. 8, the annual Wings Over Big South Fork air show will be renewed at the Scott County Airport. The event is presented by Friends of the Big South Fork, the Scott County Airport Authority and the Big South Fork Airpark.

The following weekend, Sept. 15, will feature the 20th annual Haunting in the Hills storytelling event in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Presented by the National Park Service, the day-long event features a variety of events that culminate with the evening’s storytelling.

On Sept. 29, Scott High School will host its annual Heritage Festival at the Museum of Scott County. The day-long event is a celebration of Appalachian heritage and a throwback to pioneer days on the Cumberland Plateau.

“September is a great opportunity for us to showcasse the beautiful scenery and our wonderful people that make Scott County unique,” Scott County Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey Kidd said. “We have a lot to offer, and over the next five weeks we will have the attention of numerous visitors who will be attending these events.”

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