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Expo invites all to Stay and Play in Upper Cumberland
Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to Arbortrek, an aerial adventure that combines climbing with ziplining.
Want to know what to do over the 14-county Upper Cumberland region?There’s a tourism expo for that.Members of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association are again spearheading a travel expo called Stay & Play in the Upper Cumberland.The show is set for March 3-5 at Hyder-Burks Pavilion, 2390 Gainesboro Grade, 38501, in Cookeville. It will feature exhibitors from all 14 counties in the Upper Cumberland.Hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 and there is a 2-for-1 special Friday.This tourism expo aims to encourage residents to “stay and play” in the region when looking for recreational and entertainment opportunities.Over the past 10 years, the tourism business in the Upper Cumberland has demonstrated itself to be on upward moving scale.“We are experiencing new stages of development and a diversity of attractions and destinations,” said Ruth Dyal, executive director of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association.Tourism is bringing in an estimated $389.67 million, this according to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Travel Industry Association. The 14 counties that make up the Upper Cumberland region saw a 3.3 percent increase in tourist spending from 2014-2015.“The fact more tourists are traveling here and spending more money in our region is the direct result of lots of hard work on the part of our Chambers of Commerce, community leaders, elected officials and especially tourism-related businesses and citizens,” said Dyal.