Cheat Fest membership donations benefit Friends of the Cheat directly by keeping our boots on the ground and our lights on! They are integral to our annual budget.

Please consider renewing your membership through this year’s Cheat Fest Membership Drive – OR – fast track your way to a 2022 Cheat Fest VIP experience by subscribing. Every Cheat Fest membership drive donor will receive the exclusive “Official Member” sticker!

2021 Cheat Fest Membership Drive

2022 Cheat Fest VIP Subscription

Budget your way to becoming a 2022 Cheat Fest VIP by subscribing today, which automatically donates $25 per month (for 10 months) to reach $250. Cheat Fest VIPs can camp onsite and attend the annual Friday VIP party!


About Friends of the Cheat:

Friends of the Cheat has been diligently working to “restore, preserve, and promote the natural outstanding qualities of the Cheat River watershed” since 1994.  FOC works with local citizens, government, agency and industry partners to clean up local streams and rivers, provide river access, monitor in-stream water quality, and protect the watershed for the community and everyone downstream.

The organization has grown over the last 27 years from a small group of volunteer whitewater enthusiasts dragging tires out of the river to a full-time staff of five. Staff and volunteers work on a variety of initiatives including acid mine drainage remediation, baseline data collection, river access development, brownfields revitalization, and trail projects—just to name a few!

The cost of running Friends of the Cheat greatly exceeds available project funds.  Members pay to keep the office open including funding staff that write grants and implement projects.  FOC cannot survive without grassroots support.  Join us today!