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Wetzel County Couple Keep Folk Toy Tradition Going

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, toys are a big business across the country. Even though big, brick-and-mortar stores like Toys R Us are closed for business, Americans buy billions of dollars’ worth of toys each year. Most of the toys we buy are made in China. And while video game sales are expected to rise, a different trend in toys is also on the rise -- eco-friendly toys, made of simple materials that use no plastic.

Inside Appalachia’s folkways reporter Zack Harold found out there are still some businesses here in Appalachia that make those old-style wooden toys, like Mountain Craft Shop Company in Wetzel County, West Virginia.

Also on today’s show, Asheville, North Carolina-based roots-pop group River Whyless brings us our Mountain Stage Song of the Week, “Born In The Right Country”.

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