Just because Rudy Fest was a few weeks ago and the Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival is around the corner in September doesn’t mean the famous Rowan County mountain of more than 1,500 acres is getting a break from any exciting action.

Those interested in fireworks, bounty hills, mud runs, hill climbs, poker runs, popular music acts, great food, and much more will be excited to hear the Trail Fest that was so successful in its first try last year is back again for a second.

Hundreds attended the first event last year and an even bigger crowd is expected this year as there are more events, musical acts, and big prizes for motor sport events.

Poppy Mountain is where you will want to be next weekend as the mountain is once again hosting the Poppy Mountain Trail Ride from Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13.

The second annual festival will host not only some of the best local talent, but also some of the more popular artists in the region.

Thursday features Switchback, Drix, and Short & Company.

Friday is Twang and Round, Brad Hardin, along with Rock Bottom.

Saturday features Lenny Cooper, Chase Cummings, Tommy Chayne, Cypress Spring, Tyler Booth, and Dustin Collins. Fireworks will precede the final act.

Music will begin at about 7 p.m. each night.

One of the main draws of the event is the various motor sports events.

Along with other events such as a poker and mud run, SXS and Rail Buggy Hill Climbs will be featured.

SXS and Rail Buggy Hill Climb (minimum 10 entries) will be Saturday and pay out $1,400 for first place and $500, respectively, with other monetary prizes for second and third.

There are also endless miles of trails for those hoping to check out the scenic view of the farm that runs all the way from US 60 north to I-64.

Tickets are $25 on Thursday and Friday and $30 on Saturday.

Various food vendors will be on site including, Got Munchies?, Nana and Poppy’s Grill, The Drive In, and others.

Camping is available with electric and water hookup at $20 per night.

For more information or tickets, call 784-2277. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Poppy Mountain is located at 80 Poppy Road in Morehead off US 60 East.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.