It’s true — there’s only 99 days until Cheat Fest 2020 — and we are in the full swing of festival planning. Check out the many ways you can already get involved below. We can’t wait to see ya this Spring!

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Volunteer Leaders

Cheat Fest is a groundswell of effort shared by hundreds of folks. We work alongside something near 300 volunteers, many of whom have been around since the beginning, and helping to steer the ship (raft?) is a rock star team of lead volunteers. This year we’re looking for a few new leaders to help us have an even smoother festival! If you’re interested in jumping in on one of these lead roles,  reach out to Lauren directly at! For regular volunteer shift sign-up, click below.

A few new roles…

  • Tech Troubleshooter (Day-of): Internet, phones, square store – oh my? We need an on the grounds, on call tech troubleshooting hero festival weekend.

  • Education Eddy Coordinator (Pre-Fest & Day Of): Help organize a series of talks that tell the story of the Cheat Watershed and the folks in it

  • FOC Store Assistant Lead (Day-Of): Cool, calm and collected? Help us keep the FOC store ship sailing smooth

  • Public Parking Person (Day-Of): Passionate about Tetris? Love a good workout? Let’s talk.
  • You can sign up for a regular volunteer shift online also!

Help Rainproof the Festival as a Sponsor

Sponsorship directly supports the financial stability of the festival and subsequently of Friends of the Cheat. The difference between a rainy and sunny festival can mean tens of thousands of dollars for FOC, money used to support our salaries and our restoration work. Festival sponsorship helps to ensure a successful festival regardless of the weather. If you’re interested in supporting the festival and Friends of the Cheat as a sponsor, contact Beth Warnick at!

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Artists, Vendors & Non-Profits

Applications are live! Are you a vendor, non-profit or artist looking to be a part of Cheat Fest this year? All applications are now live on our website – and are due February 15th, 2020. Learn more and apply below!

Workshops & Public talks

Interested in becoming involved in the festival by hosting a workshop or talk in our education eddy tent? This could be anything from a morning yoga class, a deep dive into the history of paddling in West Virginia, a plant walk, an art project, and beyond! If you’re excited to bring your passion to the festival in this way, contact Lauren at