Cheat Festival has so much room for activities! Everything kicks off Friday evening with the Down River Race “Mass-Occurence” through the Cheat Canyon.  This year, gates open Friday night at 5:30 for EVEN MORE Cheat Fest fun.  Then, wake up bright and not-so-early Saturday morning to stretch those legs in the 5K foot race. Kid’s can join in on the fun too; on Saturday between noon and 5:00 the Kid’s Tent will be the place to be for our youngest river stewards. Throughout the day Saturday, vendors and local artists will be showcasing their goods, and the non-profit tent is always a great place to learn about local initiatives. Don’t forget to stop by the pavilion to check out this year’s Cheat Fest T-Shirt featuring artwork by our good friend JohnVictor. Before you leave, hang out with some Cheaters at the FOC booth, or bid in our silent auction!

Workshops and Exhibits

Meet us on Saturday, May 6th in the Kid’s tent for these activities (open to all ages)!
Noon – Unity Yoga with Christina Parrish
Noon – Birds of Prey Showcase by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia
1:00 PM – Sustainable Harvesting of Wild Edibles with Maureen Feral and Ivan Stiefel
2:00 PM – Muddy Creek Focus Tour with David Petry
3:00 PM – Benthics Boogie with Amanda Pitzer
3:30 PM – Hula hooping

Cheat River Water Trail Float and Litter Clean-up with Blue Ridge Outdoors and Blackwater Outdoor Adventures
Sunday May 7th, 11:00 AM, Rowlesburg City Park
Wrap up a great weekend at Cheat Fest with a river cleanup! Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and Blackwater Outdoor Adventures are partnering up again for the second annual post-Cheat Fest river cleanup! BYOB (that’s boat, not booze) and head to the Rowlesburg Town Park Sunday, May 7th, at 11am. BOA will have a limited number of canoes available for the cleanup, so please RSVP in advance by emailing Gloves and trash bags will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring snacks, water, and appropriate clothes for getting cold, wet, and dirty. Please wear close-toed shoes and bring a friend! Let’s give back to this river that has given us so much.