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A haven for boaters, music lovers, and families, Cheat Fest is a great demonstration of public support for the Cheat River’s outstanding natural and recreational qualities. Along with two full days of live music, over 3,000 conservation-minded fest goers enjoy vendors offering paddling and outdoor gear, specialty items, and fantastic food. A juried semicircle of local artists also sell their goods in the Art Market. The “Massacre-ence” downriver race is held Friday evening and the Cheat Fest 5K foot race is held Saturday morning. Cheat Fest features a silent auction, and our vendors always help us make it a success by donating merchandise. Cheat Fest is turning 24 this year – help us make it the best fest yet! Please join us!

The vendor application process will begin in January of  2019. If you are interested in vending at Cheat Fest, please check back then!



In our continued effort to lessen our environmental impact, vendor registration for 2019 will again be paperless. If you have any questions, or need assistance with the registration process, please contact the festival coordinator Lauren Greco at