Tazewell County shows off outdoor recreation at Virginia governor’s inauguration

Tazewell County representatives at Gov. Youngkin's inauguration.
Tazewell County representatives at Gov. Youngkin's inauguration.(Visit Tazewell County | Visit Tazewell County)
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 4:14 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WVVA) - Representatives from Tazewell County, Va. showcased the area’s outdoor recreation opportunities during Saturday’s inaugural parade following Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s inauguration in Richmond.

The more than 30 representatives worked to highlight various tourism organizations from the area. Their spot in the parade featured Polaris ATVs and slingshots provided by Trailhead ATV. Tazewell County’s Director of Communications says teamwork was essential in the county’s participation.

“This project has taken weeks of preparation to pull off and truly been a team effort,” said AJ Robinson.

Those weeks of hard work seem to have paid off, as Robinson and her team successfully showcased the county’s outdoor offerings on Saturday.

“It’s always great, when able, to be able showcase the motorized tourist economy that we have in Tazewell County in our region,” said Robinson. “So we’re just pleased that the governor recognized our significance in Southwest Virginia and invited us to participate.”

The county’s 30-plus representatives aren’t the only ones from the Tazewell area who attended Youngkin’s inauguration. U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith of Va.’s ninth congressional district attended as well. The congressman previously served in Va.’s House of Delegates, with more than a decade as the chamber’s majority leader. Before Saturday’s event, Griffith said he’d been to “five, six, maybe seven” previous inaugurations in Va. He sees Saturday’s ceremony as a testament to the state and country as a whole.

“It’s also a moment to reflect on how great this commonwealth is, and how as a young man [Gov. Youngkin] was able to start work taking out trash, and now he’s the governor,” said Griffith. “And this is what’s great about Virginia, and great about the United States.”

Gov. Youngkin will serve a four year term as governor. Under state law, governors are not allowed to serve in consecutive terms.

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