Fayetteville Puts Gnomes At Center Of Off-Season Tourism Effort

Nov 20, 2019

On this West Virginia Morning, with coal mining on the decline and people relocating, some towns in southern West Virginia are trying to find other ways to spur their economies. In Fayetteville, that has meant leaning into tourism.

There’s a large river-rafting, mountain-biking and rock-climbing scene in the area, but much of those activities are limited to the warmer months. So, the town has started a unique tourism campaign to get people to come visit in the off-season. Folkways reporter Caitlin Tan has the story.

Also on today’s show, In the most recent episode of Inside Appalachia, we look at education in the outdoors.

One group in Ohio has tuned into the idea that kids find coping mechanisms more readily in natural environments. Kavitha Cardoza reports about one program set outdoors in Dayton, Ohio, that hosts children whose parents struggle with addiction.

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