I am proposing a new recurring blog event, called Come See My Hometown, where the participants will write a blog post highlighting some unique historical site, festival or event unique to your region. For instance, in five months Bristol Motor Speedway, which is about twenty to twenty-five miles from my house intends to break a record for the largest attendance at a college football game ever.
Where I live, in Abingdon, VA, we are about midway between The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Bruton Smith, the owner of Bristol Motor Speedway worked for a long time to get the two schools on board for an epic meeting in the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway, one of the largest NASCAR venues. In fact the half-mile racetrack has the capacity to host 165,000 souls. The current record was achieved in Michigan’s home stadium in Ann Arbor where they defeated arch-rival Notre Dame 41-30 in front of 115, 109 on September 7, 2013.
Besides the obvious NASCAR events in our region we have one of the larger music festivals the third weekend in September of each fall, called Rhythm and Roots. No to mention the Dolly Parton namesake theme park Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN. So you get the idea, right? Pick something from your hometown and write a post, with pictures to document and draw some interest, and join the fun. I plan to do this on Thursdays so folks can get ideas for weekend trips if it is in their region. For now it will be only on the second and fourth Thursday of the month until I get enough participation.
Are you interested? I will try to pick some categories and tags to get some attention and if you read and can think of one of your blogging friends that might like it, please pass it along.
I look forward to seeing you in my hometown!