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Get Out Fest deemed success for Ferry County

A runner navigates a section of Golden Tiger trail. Get Out Fest, in Republic Wash., will feature a half marathon and a 5 kilometer run. Participants will run this section of trail. (Jesse Harding / COURTESY)

The inaugural Get Out Fest in Republic, Washington, was a success, at least judging from attendance numbers.

The three-day festival held June 27-30 brought 611 people together in Ferry County while promoting the numerous outdoor recreation opportunities in and around Republic.

Of the 611 who attended, 108 competed in the half-marathon, 50 signed up for guided hikes, 120 skated on the Ferry County Rail Trail, 30 mountain-biked, 25 road-biked and 86 kayaked and paddleboarded.

Meanwhile, 120 volunteers gave their time to the event. The entire festival, which only cost $5 per person, aimed to promote recreation in the area while also bringing money into the local economy.

Ferry County is one of Washington’s poorest, with a per capita income of just over $20,000 as of 2017. Increasing exposure of the area’s numerous recreation opportunities is one way some hope to bolster the economy.