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Outdoor Expo will showcase recreational resources in SW Va.

May 25th, 2014 12:05 am by Staff Report

Outdoor Expo will showcase recreational resources in SW Va.

A kayaker goes over a drop on the Clinch River. Stevie Darnell photo.

ABINGDON — The Appalachian Spring initiative of Friends of Southwest Virginia has announced the first annual Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo on Sept. 13 at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Getaway in Abingdon from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The effort to support the region's communities with outdoor recreation as a catalyst to enhance a creative economy in Southwest Virginia is touted as the first event of its kind in the area.

The Outdoor Expo is being organized around eight outdoor recreation anchors across the region's 19 counties and four cities, as well as the local network of other outdoor recreation assets.

The anchors include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, New River, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Clinch River, Breaks Interstate Park, High Knob Recreation Area, and the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail.

The event will be free to the public with interactive clinics and demonstrations, educational information, family-oriented activities, live music and local beer. Offsite outdoor excursions will offer opportunities to explore the region and its varied outdoor recreational activities.

The Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo is accepting applications for vendors, musicians and sponsors on the expo website at

Anyone who is interested in participating in the event needs to fill out the appropriate website form.

Vendors and musicians are to be selected on a first come, first served basis and will be selected based on geographic location and activity type.

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