EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBoy Scout Jamboree's Economic Impact Helps Southern W.Va. Communities
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 25, 2013 5:24 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 26, 2013 12:33 PM EDT
Fayetteville, Fayette County , West Virginia
Now that the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree is history, businesses and towns throughout southern West Virginia are tallying up what the event meant for their bottom lines.
In Fayetteville it was predicted that the Jamboree would have a big impact on local businesses. Now that the festival is over, officials are assessing its impact.
The Secret Sandwich Society is one of the many specialty restaurants in Fayetteville. Its owner, Lewis Rhinehart, prepared for extra business during the Jamboree.
“Over the weeks building up to it, we saw a lot of staff and things like that,” Rhinehart said. “And then, right away from the first day, we saw more and more staff. It was like the same groups of people coming in every day. As the week went on, we started seeing more families and Boy Scouts.”
Rhinehart's sandwich shop was not the only beneficiary from Jamboree traffic. Fayetteville Superintendent Bill Lanham said the event brought visitors to the town that normally would not have been in his part of the country.
“I noticed when I was about town during the five days, cars from Utah, cars from Texas, cars from Arkansas, Mississippi and just from different areas of the country that you normally don't see in Fayetteville,” Lanham said.
Rhinehart said the Jamboree meant tourism dollars for the area.
“I think it put us on the map,” Rhinehart said. “It put us on a lot of people's radar from other parts of the country that didn't realize A: What West Virginia has to offer and B: What Fayetteville has to offer. We have the greatest of everything in West Virginia.”
Now businesses in Fayetteville and Fayette County are preparing for the next big event. The Boy Scouts are scheduled to open the Summit as a high adventure camp next summer. The next National Jamboree is set for 2017, with the even bigger World Jamboree coming to West Virginia in 2019.
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