Covington is becoming an international tourist attraction as home of fictional Mystic Falls, Va., setting for the television series "Vampire Diaries."
Hunter Hall, president of the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce, said the attraction is quickly becoming the town's lifeblood.
"And tourists come from all over the world -- 44 different states and 33 different countries last year," he said. "So it's big."
Lucy and Charlotte Boulton visited from England.
"It's like surreal," Boulton said. "It feels like a dream to actually see it all put into place – and where they are and where they stand. When you're a big fan its really cool."
Channel 2 Action News found Covington alive with fans from the living dead. Businesses all over town have a stake in the industry as many tourists are coughing up money. Jessica Lowery, owner of Mystic Falls Tours, guides dozens of tourist every day.