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Jamboree’s loss will be felt by many

With Jamboree in the Hills going on hiatus next summer, what will happen to those who relied on its economic impact? (Photo: Mike Palmer)

With Jamboree in the Hills going on hiatus next summer, what will happen to those who relied on its economic impact?

Organizations and businesses, like Valley View Campgrounds, open since 1992, are worried about the future.

"I saw it start out from a handful of campsites and get up to over a thousand, heck of a name and a brand there, it's the end of an era," said Tom Gentile, co-owner, Valley View Campground.

"Last year, I heard jamboree was 30 percent off in ticket sales. We were exactly 20 percent off in the campground from the prior year. The prior year we were off about 10 percent, and I heard they were off that, so we seem to follow pretty well. It's definitely been declining in recent years."

Barb Ballint with Belmont County Tourism says the local economy -- between the lodging facilities, retailers and grocers -- will feel the impact.

"We just have to be patient, wait and see if there is a plan in place, wait to see if there's any announcements from Live Nation to see if they have any plans to continue the event and just take a year off to restructure the event," Ballint said.

The St. C. Saints Club is already scrambling for other opportunities.

"It could be a loss of revenue in upwards of $15,000 with parking and beverage sales, but we are going to try to remain positive with that, going to have to be more creative in making up that revenue," St. Clairsville Athletics Director Kelly Rine said.

The club says it may have to bring the 200 Club back to help cover the major loss in funding.

Meanwhile, long-time attendee Raymond Duane, also known as Spaghetti Ray, is making plans.

"We've got a group together that is planning on doing something, we're not quite sure yet what, but we're looking for input." Duane said.

If you would like to get involved with Duane’s group, or offer suggestions, click here.


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