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Happy Trails and Many Tales

4-H camp: Highlight of summer for many of Appalachia’s youths

March 5, 2011
By Shannon Bennett Campbell

As a proud Appalachian, I stood firm in my previous column to say we, as a people, have much to offer. But I would be amiss if I failed to mention that quite a number of metro city dwellers have come here to live because they, too, appreciate our lifestyle. The slower, more ordered pace appeals to them. Also, back-to-nature enthusiasts thrive here. I am sure they are not unlike I was when I came east to Randolph County from a couple mountains nearly 35 years ago. They have purchased history books to learn about their new home, and often end up knowing as much about a place as those who have been longtime residents. Some will call them "foreigners." I rather think of them as "joiners." To those who felt they had no place in this column last month, read on, for the stories about to come will also speak to you.



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