EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFayette County Ready For Scouts' Arrival
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 12, 2013 8:54 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 12, 2013 9:25 PM EDT
Fayette County , West Virginia
The Boys Scouts are coming to West Virginia, and they are doing it in big numbers.
It is estimated more than 30,000 scouts will be in the Mountain State for the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree.
Towns surrounding the Summit Bechtel Reserve, like Fayetteville, are bracing for a large number of visitors over the next couple of weeks.
Shea Wells was busy painting a piece of artwork that will be displayed in the town of Thurmond. She is also a river guide and will spend much of Wednesday ferrying scouts on a whitewater trip.
“I think it's going to be crazy,” she said. “I'm a river guide, so we're taking 5,000 of them down next Wednesday for adventures on the gorge. We hope to be open every day from noon to 8 p.m., if not later. Hopefully, they're going to come see our town.”
There will be three waves of scouts on the whitewater rafting trip, allowing triple the number of participants that could normally spend the day on the river.
The area is already seeing an increase in out-of-state traffic as scouts, family members, staff and volunteers make their way to Fayette County for the Jamboree.
The West Virginia Division of Highways is warning about heavy traffic surrounding the Jamboree.
The interstate in and around Charleston was full of out-of state vehicles making their way south Friday.
The DOH said the West Virginia Turnpike, U.S. 19 and W.Va. 16 are all expected to be heavily traveled over the next week and a half.
Congestion will be at its peak on Monday when scout buses arrive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. because of a Jamboree concert and on Wednesday, July 24, as the scouts depart from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
DOH also reminds motorists that scouts will be on the road each day of the Jamboree, traveling to service projects in nine southern West Virginia counties and whitewater rafting trips.
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