Federal employees earn “Local” status at The Blowing Rock during shutdown

Federal employees earn “Local” status at The Blowing Rock during shutdown
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By David Rogers. January 17, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — The Blowing Rock already offers town and nearby area residents (“locals”) free admission to the park on any day of the year, any time it is open for business during regular operating hours. Now, for the duration of the U.S. government shutdown, owner Charlie Sellers and his staff have joined other regional attractions in offering free admission to federal employees.

“We understand the pain of being involuntarily furloughed from your job,” Sellers explained to Blowing Rock News on Thursday. “There remains a lot of uncertainty yet about how long the budget stalemate will last. This is our way of saying thank you for their past and future service and maybe helping them and their families find some respite during an otherwise difficult time.”

In order to qualify for free admission to enjoy the breathtaking scenic views and historical features of the attraction, a federal employee needs only to present his or her federal ID card or a pay stub from the agency for which they work.

COVER IMAGE: Photographic image of The Blowing Rock by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

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