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Businesses gear up for Boy Scout Jamboree

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- About 10 minutes away from the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Raleigh County, businesses are looking forward to a boost with the upcoming Boy Scouts Jamboree.  Some have already seen results.

The Beckley Fairfield Inn, off the Harper Road exit of the West Virginia Turnpike, is almost at 100 percent occupancy through the month of July.  "We know it's going to be busy," says Joe Wolfe, General Manager.  "It'll help us get an idea for the future events coming down the road in the next couple of years."

Beyond the loads of commercialism Beckley has to offer, it has a prime location, accessible off Route 19, I-77 and I-64.

"I think we're on the map," says Leslie Baker at Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley.  They're planning on hosting 600 scouts starting next weekend even before the Jamboree starts.

Restaurants too are preparing their staffs for high customer volume.  "[We're] only about five miles or less to the Boy Scout Camp," says Leo Caudill, General Manager of Boston Beanery.  "I can actually see where they're going to be parking the buses and cars from mom and dad, so hopefully we should be in a heavily traveled area while the Boy Scouts are here."

The Jamboree kicks off at the Summit Bechtel Reserve next Monday, July 15. 

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