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Volunteers needed for Devil’s Bathtub cleanup

Holly Viers • Apr 15, 2019 at 1:48 PM

UPDATE: Due to predicted heavy rains on Friday, plus rain and dropping temperatures on Saturday, the Devil’s Bathtub cleanup has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cleanup participants should meet at 331 High Knob Road in Dungannon to sign in on May 4; this is the location of the new Devil’s Bathtub park and parking area, which is expected to be completed this year. If you cannot attend the cleanup and previously committed, email Pam Cox at [email protected]

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GATE CITY — As the weather heats up, so will tourist activity at the Devil’s Bathtub.

To ensure the attraction is ready for visitors, Scott County Tourism will hold an Earth Day cleanup at the site Saturday. The event is being held as part of the “50 Years of Love” campaign, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of the commonwealth’s “Virginia is for Lovers” tourism slogan.

The county will hold several events in the coming months using the “50 Years of Love” theme, including a Woodstock-inspired concert in downtown Gate City. Though the campaign won’t officially begin until June 19, Scott County is kicking things off a couple of months early.

“We wanted to start a little earlier by providing a cleanup at one of our most visited natural attractions,” said Pam Cox, director of Scott County Tourism, in a press release. “Our goal is to have this wonderful natural attraction in pristine condition for visitors this year.”

When and where

The cleanup will be held Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants should meet at 331 High Knob Road in Dungannon to sign in; this is location of the new Devil’s Bathtub park and parking area, which is expected to be complete this year.

What to expect

Volunteers are needed to assist with various cleanup tasks and will be provided with trash bags, gloves, water and healthy snacks.

“Due to the nature of the Devil’s Bathtub area, volunteers are also encouraged to wear sturdy hiking shoes (felt soles are best) and use hiking poles as a three-point contact for stabilization,” Cox said in the press release. “For greater hand protection, participants may also want to bring their own pair of heavy duty work gloves.”

How to participate

Interested participants are asked to contact Cox by email at [email protected] All participants will receive a commemorative “50 Years of Love” T-shirt for assisting in the cleanup. Volunteers should send their names and T-shirt sizes to Cox no later than Wednesday, April 17.

The cleanup is being held in conjunction with Scott County Litter Control and Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful. For more information, contact Cox via email or call (276) 386-6521.

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