Thank you so much to all of our festival sponsors who make this event possible!

Caddell Mountain Farm raises grass fed Longhorn beef in West Virginia. All of their cattle are raised naturally without growth promotants or antibiotics, are delicious and produce some of the most nutritious meats. 

Caddell Mountain Farm

Highland Outdoors is a grass roots, community driven tour de force. As West Virginia’s only independent outdoor magazine, they are the authoritative voice on all things adventure in the Mountain State. Their quarterly print and digital magazine features West Virginia’s outstanding recreation opportunities, awe-inspiring landscapes, world-class events, important issues, and inspiring individuals.


So much Gratitude to long time Friends of the Cheat supporters and volunteers, Don & Susan Sauter for their generous sponsorship of the Cheat River Festival and of Friends of the Cheat. Thank you for all you do to help steward this community and watershed.


Green Rivers strives to take impacted lands and water and assist their ecological recovery. We believe in investing in clean water solutions for posterity.


BlissBlissBliss was founded in January 2008. They are a collective of dedicated massage therapists, energy and bodyworkers, and mind/body instructors. Since opening their doors, they have witnessed first-hand how regular bodywork can create a fundamental positive shift in one’s health and quality of life. Bliss Bliss Bliss offers a wide variety of modalities, so each client can explore and find the set of services that attune best to the fabric of their personal wellness goals and needs.

Virtual 5K Sponsors


Down River Race Sponsors

Heather’s Original Philly Cheesesteaks a unique taste bud experience equal to the famous Philly cheesesteak, serving the Morgantown, Monongalia and Preston county communities.  If you get the chance to try ‘The way a steak should be made’ please do!  Little bit of Philly in the hills of WV.  Email address:  OR on FB @ Heather’s Original Philly Cheesesteaks  Cell/Even Reservations #304-680-6160

Chrissy Zeltner, Massage therapist has been kayaking the Cheat since 1993 and is also active in river conservation through her work on the board of the WV Rivers Coalition.  She has been providing massage therapy services in North Central WV since 1999 with specialties in the areas of myofascial, deep tissue and sports massage.


Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals is located in Bruceton Mills and offers flatwater canoe, kayak and paddle-board rentals above the dam on the Big Sandy. We are celebrating their 10th year in business! Come float with us. 

The closest outfitter to Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls Stte Park and Elkins WV offering Whitewater Rafting, Canoe Livery, Camping, Fishing, Tubing and Stand-up Paddle Boarding to visitors and the community.  Plan a trip with us!  Phone and Cell 304-478-3775  OR

Darren Burton

Recently retired from Yahoo, I am a blind techie that consults with businesses and organizations to make their products and services accessible to and usable by people with disabilities helping them to build accessible mobile applications, websites, and other modern technology.   Being from Morgantown, I grew up collecting years and years of fond memories playing up and down the Cheat canyon. We are all indebted to those working to maintain such a wonderful gift.  Thank you Friends of Cheat for what you do!  – Darren Burton, Darren Burton Consulting