All this and still more to come – check back often for updates!

 

Cheat Fest Love Video: VIRTUAL – Last year, we asked for music – this year, we want to see your smiling faces! Send us a video about how much you love Cheat Fest and why the Cheat River is important to you. You can use your phone (horizontal video please!) or a camera, have a friend help or shoot it as a selfie. Upload your video HERE by April 18th, and our team will gather them together to share with the Cheat Fest community. We can’t wait to see what you send us!

May 1st – Cheat Canyon Massacre-ence 

Everything you need and want to know is here!

Saturday, May 1 to Saturday, May 8 – Cheat Fest Silent Auction: VIRTUAL – With items coming in from many of our alumni vendors, artists, and sponsors, this year’s online silent auction has a great assortment of boating gear, gift baskets from local businesses, handmade art, experience packages, and so much more. We’re still accepting item donations – please contact our coordinator, Lisa Maraffa, at silentauction@cheat.org if you’d like to contribute. A preview of the auction items will go live on Friday, April 30th – and the auction begins at noon on Saturday and will be live for one week. Good luck, bidders!

Saturday, May 1 – Cheat Fest Live-streaming Music: VIRTUAL – It wouldn’t be Cheat Fest without a great lineup of local music – this year, look for live-streams from members of Stewed Mulligan, The Hillbilly Gypsies, 18 Strings, Aristotle Jones, and Meadow Run!

Sunday, May 2 – Cheat Canyon Whitewater Surf Contest: IN-PERSON (distanced) – Downriver Racers and local paddlers – get ready for the first ever Cheatfest Whitewater Surf Contest. There will be a division for both kayakers and rafters. Water Levels will likely dictate where the exact location(s) the contest will be held on the river, so keep an eye out for final details announced online and posted at the down river race Saturday morning. As most of us know the Cheat Canyon has many class (3-4+) rapids along the way. Only people with experience running the Cheat should consider entering the contest. Also know if you participate in the event, you are doing so at your own risk. Play it safe and have fun. Prizes will be given at the judges’ discretion. Let’s see who has the steeziest moves!

Sunday, May 2 – Adopt-a-Highway: IN-PERSON (distanced) – Volunteer your time with FOC in our Cheat Fest ‘Make It Shine’ litter pickup along Rt. 26 in Albright, WV. Participants can meet up with FOC staffer Beth Warnick at the Cheat River Festival site at 1:00pm. Bags, gloves, and pickup sticks will be provided.

May 8th – Gritstone Ascension Adventure – 10:00am to 6:00pm

Get ready to see how high you can climb. FOC is partnering with Gritstone Climbing and Fitness and the Cheat Canyon Climbing Club to introduce newbies and engage seasoned climbers during Cheat Fest month. This challenge, hosted at the Gritstone gym in Morgantown, WV, is all about seeing how many vertical feet you can cover using routes of any level. For $15, enter the Ascension Adventure for a chance to win a Grand Prize. There will be art, a food truck, and music!

Saturday, May 8th through Sunday, May 16th – 5K Foot Race: VIRTUAL – You don’t have to be in Preston County to compete in the Cheat Fest Virtual 5K race this year! During the open race period you will run a 5K (3.1 Miles) on your own, at the safe physical distance from others! If you can’t get outside; run it inside! Runners will track their own times, and completion is based on the honor system. Registration is $5 – and participants will have the opportunity to personally fundraise for FOC through friends, family, and other supporters. More information and registration links coming soon to cheatfest.org!

Sunday, May 16th – Kids Tent Art Day: IN-PERSON (distanced) – Eddie Spaghetti Art, Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Preston Trail Towns are hosting a Kids’ Art Day on the Cheat Fest grounds. Starting at 1:00pm, kids will get creative and messy as they work with Eddie on a collaborative mural to be installed at the new Tunnelton Trailhead Park at the West Virginia Northern Rail Trail. This event is open to all kids and teens, and is a great opportunity for families to re-connect with the Cheat Fest site.

Sunday, May 16th – Kids Tent Art Day: IN-PERSON (distanced) – Eddie Spaghetti Art, Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Preston Trail Towns are hosting a Kids’ Art Day on the Cheat Fest grounds. Starting at 1:00pm, kids will get creative and messy as they work with Eddie on a collaborative mural to be installed at the new Tunnelton Trailhead Park at the West Virginia Northern Rail Trail. This event is open to all kids and teens, and is a great opportunity for families to re-connect with the Cheat Fest site.

May 29th Gym to Crag2:00pm to 6:00pm 

Explore the fundamentals of climbing outside with the Gritstone team. We’ll be meeting up at the FOC Campground (139 Beech Run Rd, Albright, WV 26519). There, you’ll learn about the history of climbing in the area, enjoy a guided hike, and experience climbing on real rock. Make it an epic Memorial Day Weekend by camping out at FOC’s campground afterwards!