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‘Southern Dozen’ contest opens to more than just motorcycles

The Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau is opening its “Southern Dozen” contest to more than just motorcyclists this year.
The event first took place last year, inviting bikers to travel 12 designated rides, dubbed the “Southern Dozen,” in order to win prizes.
This year, the contest is open to vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
“Last year’s Southern Dozen contest was extremely popular with motorcycle riders from around the world, and Johnson City has become very motorcycle-friendly,” says Brenda Whitson executive director of the Johnson City CVB. “But these routes are also perfect for families who want to get away for a few hours and take in the sights, have some great food and maybe see a part of the region they hadn’t before.”
The routes take motorists along some of the most scenic spots and historical sites the area has to offer, all beginning and ending in Johnson City.
“These destinations are very family friendly,” said Chuck Mason, a member of the Harley Owners Group who helped plan out the Southern Dozen routes. “They are easy to navigate and there’s just the right amount of local establishments to stop to eat or shop along the routes.”
To enter, drivers must look for special markers along the designated routes, snap his or her picture in front of the marker, and upload the photo to the website The photos will be validated and posted to the group’s Facebook page by the CVB.
Markers are located at favorite destinations such as the Shady Valley Country Store, Natural Tunnel State Park and the Bristol Motor Speedway. There’s one entry per person, per route, for a total of 12 entries possible for each person.
The contest runs now through Oct. 31. The drawing for prizes will be Nov. 6.
Prizes include a $200 gas card, tickets to races at the Bristol Motor Speedway, hotel stays and more.
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