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Old 02-10-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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Are the train tracks still there? Our little town got a federal grant to convert the former rail road lines into a bike trail. The federal money created bridges, improvements, etc. Now each year that trail is used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. We were shocked to learn our trail is in such good shape, that it is perfect for marathons.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy:: Creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines:: Building healthier places for healthier people.

Another big event for our town is an old car show in August. We are 90 miles from Reno, NV, so many people going to Hot August Nights must pass through here. Our car show is either the week before or the week after Hot August Nights. So many people passing through will stay a few days and show their cars before heading to Reno for the big show. We make a great event by tapping into the attention the show in Reno gets.

A few towns over there is a huge Dog Sled race every year. It attracts alot of people from out of town. The same town has snow mobile drag races. Which brings alot of folks from out of town.

Official site for travel and visitor information for Plumas County, Northern California

Last summer our town started having outdoor movies. They bought an outdoor projector that uses DVD's. They charge a modest admission that goes to the Arts Council and they show old classic movies. People attending bring blankets and lawn chairs.

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Good luck!
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Central Alabama
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If you have no fast food, then somebody is griping about not having places to eat without cooking.

Have you ever thought about part time street vendor type businesses? These could also be used during any celebrations that might be held to boost income.

Given your remoteness and wilderness feel, it would be great if you could make it a real target for bikers or outdoor enthusiasts somehow.

I feel for you. My small hometown is just about to curl up around the edges. Business owners today may have to start thinking in new ways. Co-op with a couple of other people to run one larger business with separate areas to reduce rent and utilities.

Is a flea market an option? It's 3 days at a time usually, fri sat sun, but if you could get antiques in the area a lot of people would drive for them.
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