Discover Appalachia Travel Expo – Gallipolis Daily Tribune

    Branch and Bobby from Trolls taking pictures during the travel fair.

    Branch and Bobby from Trolls taking pictures during the travel fair.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    Barb and her therapist enjoyed a day of visits and extra meals.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    The kids loved feeding this cute, not-so-little rodent during the Discover Applachia Travel Expo.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    The two biggest camels at the travel fair didn’t hesitate to grab a snack.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    Officer Mark is still the owner of the K9, Chapo.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    BoardRoom46 hosted a free sign board during the day, allowing visitors to draw the first letter on a hanger.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    Several students took fire at the shooting gallery.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    Visitors from all over the Ohio Valley enjoyed various performances, booths, and activities during the annual Discover Appalachia Travel Expo.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    Little girl drying her initial painted boardRoom46 sign.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    Poppy and Branch took a photo opportunity with those from the John Gee Black Historic Center and Emancipation Celebration Day Committee.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    A representative from the Our House Tavern spoke about the island located along the Ohio River in Gallipolis, Ohio.

    Brittany Heffley | OVP

    Gallipolis – Community members from across the Ohio Valley visited the 2022 Discover Appalachia Travel Expo last week in Gallipolis at Gallia Academy Middle School.

    The event welcomed “just under 400” people, according to Caitlin Haley, assistant director of the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    The travel fair included a full day of activities for the whole family. There were also a number of local businesses and creators set up to meet the visitors.

    BARKer Farms was set up with a few different animals and provided free cups of fodder for the kids to give away.

    Gallipolis Police Department Officer Mark Steele and Chapo gave a presentation, demonstrating Chapo’s skills and still speaking to the audience about Chapo’s ongoing training, his own training and the ins and outs of a police dog.

    A representative from the Our House Tavern gave a presentation on the island along the Ohio River that can be seen while driving along First Avenue, talking about its history and how it has shrunk in size over the years.

    Some of the kiosks included were a BoardRoom46 hosted banner board; Magic Mirror Gallipolis had a unique photo booth. The Racoon Creek Partnership had a gallery full of outdoor lessons and the John Gee Black Historical Center had a booth setup for a Gallia County history lesson.

    Other fixtures included archery, gifts, drawings, informational brochures, books, and plenty of gifts for guests.

    Special appearances have also been made by Easter Bunny and Poppy and Branch from the movie Trolls.

    The annual event was a day packed with activities welcoming members of the community who came out for the day.

    “We would like to thank everyone for a wonderful day and look forward to the year ahead,” Haley said.

    Also part of the event was the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce.

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    Branch and Bobby from Trolls taking pictures during the travel fair.

    Barb and her therapist enjoyed a day of visits and extra meals.

    The kids loved feeding this cute, not-so-little rodent during the Discover Applachia Travel Expo.

    The two biggest camels at the travel fair didn’t hesitate to grab a snack.

    Officer Mark is still the owner of the K9, Chapo.

    BoardRoom46 hosted a free sign board during the day, allowing visitors to draw the first letter on a hanger.

    Several students took fire at the shooting gallery.

    Visitors from all over the Ohio Valley enjoyed various performances, booths, and activities during the annual Discover Appalachia Travel Expo.

    Little girl drying her initial painted boardRoom46 sign.

    Poppy and Branch took a photo opportunity with those from the John Gee Black Historic Center and Emancipation Celebration Day Committee.

    A representative from the Our House Tavern spoke about the island located along the Ohio River in Gallipolis, Ohio.

    Brittany Heffley is a writer at Ohio Valley Publishing. To follow her on Twitter @britthively; Call her at (740) 446-2342 ext 2555.