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May 30, 2009

Rediscover Marion County for a summer full of fun

FAIRMONT — Memorial Day Weekend was the cue for families to begin thinking of and even planning those wonderful summer trips that build fond memories and shared stories for years to come.

In just a few weeks, school children will be out for the summer, giving families time to take off work and take off for all points north, south, east and west.

But, just like Dorothy, what you're looking for may be no farther than your own backyard.

When thinking of planning your summer vacations, think two words: “West Virginia.”

And even before that, think “Marion County.”

“We’re very fortunate. But when you live in an area all your life, you take it for granted,” said Marianne Moran, executive director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Marion County Inc.

For example, when was the last time you visited Pricketts Fort and Valley Falls state parks?

“Prickets Fort has a variety of inexpensive and sometimes free entertainment,” she said.

Of course, people know Pricketts Fort is the place to go for daily living history, with costumed interpretors living the style of the early Marion County area.

“They also have special events throughout th the year and lots of free concerts in the ampitheater,” she added.

“It’s a good family trip,” she said. “It’s not like touring a regular museum. You can learn about how the people lived there.”

Recent additions to the fort’s population are truly sheepishly new ... some adorable lambs and their adult parents.

“They just had their sheep to shawl day at the fort, so the sheep may look a little bare,” Moran said. “But the lambs are cute and the kids can pet them.”

If your family is the on-the-go type, you can rent bicycles from MCPARC to ride the rail trails, she said. Just sign up at the visitors center.

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