Cheat Fest From Home
Live Streaming Begins at 2PM Saturday, May 2nd!

All videos streaming on our Facebook & Youtube Channels


2:00PM – Forever: Music & Dancing
All Day (Sched TBA)

All of the bands slated to play Cheat Fest are PLAYING CHEAT FEST!
Thank you to these wonderful musicians. Enjoy music from members of:

The Boatmen, The Dirty Grass Players,
Stewed Mulligan, William Matheny, Hello June,
The Lords of Leser, Aristotle Jones,
Shelf Life String Band,
Cooley Gang, The Five & Dime,
Tom & Fiddle Mike, The Fly Birds

5:00PM Deep Breaths: A Mini-Movie Premier from Joel Wolpert

Welcome to Cheat Fest Saturday from Fest Coordinator, Lauren Greco

Scroll Down for the kid’s tent, and all
Ed Eddy Talks, Community Song Shares, &
More. Thanks all for being here!

How to Support Friends of the Cheat


Silent Auction: Thank you to the generous donations from vendors, artists, and  friends, and to our silent auction volunteer Lisa Maraffa. Bidding ends Sunday 5/3 at 5PM. Enjoy!






Online Store: Check out our online store to pre-order a 2020 Festival T-shirt (will be distributed after the festival). We also have a fabulous donation based raffle item up – the custom FOC fire pit. Finally, you can simply donate there too.






Become a Member: Members are the backbone of Friends of the Cheat. Become a member of Friends of the Cheat during Cheat Fest From Home week and get $5 off your festival t-shirt purchase – or any FOC merch!  Your coupon/code will be

emailed to you, promptly.




Saturday Kid’s Tent Activities

5:00PM Deep Breaths: A Mini-Movie Premier from Joel Wolpert

Virtual 5K Foot Race

This year, no matter what watershed you reside in, we welcome you to join us in the Virtual 5K Foot Race! All movement types are welcome – run, walk, roll, rollerblade, visualize a run from your apartment! Click here to learn more and register. Share your experience on our 5K Facebook Page.

Ed. Eddy T.V.

The Glory Days of Cheat River Rafting with Charlie Walbridge

A Walk Along Indian Creek with Hannah Spencer

The Albright Dam Removal: Reconaissance Study Part 1 with Amanda Pitzer, FOC’s Executive Director

The Albright Dam Removal: Reconaissance Study Part 2 with Madison Ball, FOC’s Restoration Program Manager

Cheat River Fishing Update with FOC’s Garrett Richardson
Premier: Friday, May 1st at 5:00PM 

Community Song Shares
These are all on our Youtube Channel

A huge thank you to all of you out there who shared these songs from home. We love you!

Ellie & Ryan from the Woods

Trash on Tuesdays

Jason Jaros

Eric George

Two Ton Twig Members

Jim Meckley


Emily Carlson

Todd Burge

Rick from home!

Wanted Rivers, a Poem by Susan Sauter

Kelsey & Joanna

Loyalsock by Emily Carlson

Mermaids of West Virginia by Derek Proulx

Rodeo Girl by Gary Hoffman

Lea marra

George Bell

Honeysuckle and Thorn by Emliy Carlson

Dirt by Ben Dube

Eric Pifer playing Fire & Rain by James Taylor

Pap’s Cabin by Nae Paugh

Diane Henderson

Too Many Boats by Jerry Vandiver

I Love My Home, Down Country Roads by Jen Osha & Son

Ryan Gaujot

From the Hip from the 2014 Cheat River Festival

Ain’t No Ash by Emily Tanzey

Chris Felton

Welcome to the Kid’s Tent

Cheat Fest Coloring Contest: 

If you have a printer, print the Cheat Fest Artwork linked below, pick your favorite artwork and color it in with crayons, markers, paints, scraps of colored paper, dirt, or whatever you’ve got. If you don’t have a printer, no big deal, draw a picture inspired by the Cheat Fest Artwork OR create your own festival artwork!! Take a photo of your (or your kid’s) artwork (entries limited to: infinity), post it on our social media with the hashtag #colorsofthecheat OR e-mail it to with the subject line: COLORS OF THE CHEAT. We’ll share them with the community and come up with winners based on unforseen and unknowable criteria! Big Thanks, as always, to many years of artwork from John Victor!

Cheat Fest Coloring Book Pages Download

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