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Cheat Festival happening on Saturday May 4th!

Posted: 04/16/2013
by Charlie Walbridge

There's so much going on at CheatFest that it's hard to cover it all. Here's a sample:

From noon till 11:00pm on Saturday, May 4, the festival grounds in Albright, West Virginia will once again transform into a haven for boaters, music lovers, and families. Bands from all over Appalachia entertain crowds with live music all day, while Fest goers browse the Art Market, learn about other non-profit organizations that share the FOC vision, bid on a great array of silent auction goods, buy from a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and above all, help support Friends of the Cheat.

This year's festival is dedicated to Bob Burrell, a well-known paddler, conservationist, and guidebook writer based in Morgantown, WV. Several of his paddling contemporaries are expected, including guidebook co-author Dr. Paul Davidson and Phil Allender, a member of the group that made the first run on the Upper and Lower Blackwater!

Another reason to love Cheat Fest: kids under twelve are free! This year, kids of all ages congregate at the  kids tent from noon till 5:00pm for a host of hands-on activities, including acid mine drainage tie-dye (bring a T-shirt!), Star Wars-themed fun (“May the 4th be with you!”), and the Galactic Kids Parade featuring the High Street Jazz Band! Plus, don’t miss the chance to climb to the top: the always popular climbing wall is back!

Festival goers can test their athletic ability by participating in the 5K foot race or the famous Cheat Canyon “Mass-Occurence” Downriver Race.  The Cheat River Festival is always a great demonstration of public support for increased awareness and access to the Cheat River’s outstanding natural and recreational qualities. Get your tickets today!


Charles Walbridge
Bruceton Mills, WV