Recent news from the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
Connecting Businesses to Businesses
May 2018

Shop Local             Support Local Businesses        Shop Often             Support an Artist 
Buy Here, Live Here, and Support Your Local Business
The Chamber office hours are Mon. - Fri. 9AM - 5PM, Sat. & Sun. 9AM - 3PM

Shop Local.....What does that mean to you? 
1. You supported local jobs & benefits
2. You kept your tax dollars in Fayette County & West Virginia
3. You enjoyed the uniqueness that keeps our downtowns alive
4. You sustained local craftsmen, artisans and farmers
5. You invested in local suppliers, manufactures and builders
6. You nourished local organizations, churches and charities
7. You became part of the community that attracts new businesses and tourism
8. You enriched your life...something you can't download--- Experience Local Today!
Welcome to Fayette County, WV
Detail Plus Premier Auto Detailing
1515 Main St E
Oak Hill, WV 25901
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Hilltop Auto Repair, LLC
6256 Legends Highway 
Hilltop, WV 25855
(304) 469-3276 

Synergy Sand LLC - Trucking Services
(681) 422-3535

Depot Produce and More 
200 White Oak Rail Trail 
Oak Hill, WV 25901
(304) 719-0886
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Moore Insurance Service
(304) 255-7706

Top Notch Service Group, Inc.
1535 Ritter Dr 
Daniels, WV 25832
(304) 253-0800

White Oak Catering, LLC
(304) 719-5638

NEW Business Card Holders
Did you know as part of your chamber membership you may display a business rack card OR brochure in our office? 

Don't have a rack card? We now have business card holders! Call 304-465-5617 or email for more information.   Take advantage and promote your business to our walk in traffic!
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Notices will be once a month. The newsletter is a FREE  service to Fayette County Chamber members! Should you like to post something in the newsletter please submit info in a WORD file (photos must be jpeg) by the last Wednesday of each month to   Email

***As of March 1, 2016 there will be a charge of $50 per E-blast. Please send information for e-blasts to Email  
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RibbonRibbon Cuttings and Grand Openings 
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Join the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in welcoming new business to the area! 

Detail Plus Premier Auto Detailing - May 5th, 12PM
Location: 1515 Main St E, Oak Hill, WV 25901
Refreshments provided

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Greetings Chamber Members,
The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the New River Gorge Sports and Cars Festival this coming June 2018. Oak Hill had a long tradition of hosting the sports festival in the 1960s - 1990s and we are pleased to be bringing this exciting event back to not just Oak Hill, but to various communities throughout the county.
There are still $100 Sponsorships available, remember that is the only way you can get your name on the t-shirts and be eligible for the Chamber Bucks to be spent in your BUSINESS!
The schedule of events is as follows with some details still being finalized:
Thursday, June 21
  • High Adventure Timber Trek (family oriented) at Adventures on the Gorge: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with additional time slots available if those fill
  • Cosmic Bowling at Pinheads in the evening/night
Friday, June 22 Saturday, June 23
  • Cycling Event:  introduction of our league team, answer questions, sign kids up, secure some local sponsorship, and conduct a bike-skills clinic.
Sunday, June 24  
Most events will include a commemorative NRG Sports & Car Festival T-Shirt and free entry with samples to the Craft Beer Festival. Competitive events will include chances to win prizes, including chamber bucks, redeemable at any event Chamber member and event sponsor. Fayette County businesses will be able to redeem those chamber bucks at the chamber for cash.
Business can sponsor at three levels to be eligible for chamber bucks, t-shirt marketing, and event marketing.
$1,000 Headline Sponsors
$500 Specific Event Sponsors
$100 General Sponsors
For more information please email the Chamber of Commerce office or call  304.465.5617

Sharon Cruikshank, President                               Aaron Kemlock, Vice-Chair 

CampDABCamp Drift-a-bit

A NEW Summer Camp Opens in Fayette County
Camp Drift-A-Bit, is a project of the New River Gorge Learning Co-op
It is the mission of Camp Drift-A-Bit to empower young Southern West Virginians to explore and care for their natural environment through outdoor adventure, community service, and environmental stewardship. We encourage children to embrace their natural curiosity to inspire confidence in their ability to learn. We create opportunities for children to become:

Curious by looking deeply at natural wonders, both big and small, that surround us each day in our own backyard.
Courageous by empowering each child to challenge their perceived comfort zone, through adventure and activities facilitated in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
Confident by practicing skills to become effective team players and leaders.
Camp Drift-A-Bit will offer 3 camp sessions:
High Adventure Session 1; Ages 9-14 (6/18/2018 - 6/22/2018)
High Adventure Session 2: Ages 9-14 (6/25/2018 - 6/29/2018) 
Outdoor Experiential Education Session 1: Ages 6 - 12 (7/09/2018 - 7/13/2018)
To register and learn more, visit, or contact email.

Introducing Ayusa - Foreign Exchange Student Program
Hello, My name is Jennifer Slinker. 

I have been hosting foreign exchange students since 2010. I recently became a Community Representative for Ayusa and love to share my experience in hosting students from overseas in my home.  If you want to change the world, you can start small. Cultural and educational exchange with a student from abroad who is eager to learn about American customs is a great way to change the world.  Did you realize foreign exchange is actually a part of our American foreign policy?  You will be amazed at how much you learn by hosting a student in your home, and how close you can become to them in 5 to 10 months.  

I look forward to helping you share your part of West Virginia and American culture. I have over 300 students that are looking for an opportunity to come to America this fall. Please contact me at email or go to to learn more information about hosting a student today! 

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ASWVActive Southern WV 
The third annual Active SWV Family Triathlon will be held on 
June 2 nd  at Summersville Lake. This beginner level event is great for individuals or for families to compete together. This is not a relay event, but instead an event where the family or team stays together to complete the course

For more information:  Join the  Active Southern West Virginia Bulletin Board  group on Facebook to get updates on program details, email  or call (304) 254-8488.

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NPSNational Park Service 
Popular "Get Active in the Park" Program Seeks New Instructors

The National Park Service (NPS) and Active Southern West Virginia (Active SWV) have entered into the third year of a successful partnership known as the "Get Active in the Park" program.  The program helps connect local residents to the national parks of southern West Virginia by offering free, beginner-level, guided activities and mini-classes at New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River. Community members receive free training to become "Community Captains", and instruct outdoor recreation classes in the parks and throughout Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, and Summers counties. Due to the program's popularity, additional volunteers are needed. The first training of 2018 will be held on May 5th and 6th in Glen Jean, WV.
Volunteers, called "Community Captains", participate in Leadership training to understand risk management guidelines, group dynamics, and communication techniques, as well as first-aid and CPR. Training to become an initial instructor and ongoing support are provided for free by Active SWV. Previous leadership experience is not required but having values in active living, community service, and appreciation for public lands (parks) are needed to continue the growth of this program to reach more residents in southern West Virginia to improve their quality of life. Local residents interested in becoming a Community Captain should contact or 304-254-8488 to learn more.  
Last year roughly 800 local residents attended Get Active in the Park programs, 87% of which reported that they felt more comfortable visiting national parks after attending. Program participants overwhelmingly reported that the experience was "restorative and relaxing". Many reported, "fun with family and friends", with families reporting that they "got my kids out of the house for a family adventure" or "spent time with my kids with no electronics- hooray!". Additionally, participants felt healthy, reporting, "I can say no to diabetes", or one who even reported, "I'm a stage 4 cancer survivor, just now getting on my feet. Love the exercise". 
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FayCntyParkFayette County Park 2018 Events
May 13
Mother's Day Celebration
Honor Mom with an outdoor dinner at Fayette County Park.  Receive 25% off a shelter rental on Sunday, May 13th (Based on shelter availability)

June 14, July 19, August 16
Ladies Only Swim 
Enjoy an evening of swimming for ladies only.  Bring your daughter, sister, mother, or best gal and pal around.  June and July times are 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. August time is 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

June 17
Father's Day Celebration
Celebrate Dad by hosting a family get- together at Fayette County Park.  Receive 25% off a shelter rental on Sunday, June 17th (Based on shelter availability)

June 21
First Day of SUMMER!!!
We are having a summer pool party!  Prizes will be given out, and the cost to swim is only $3.00.  Come on out and get your tan on!  

July --
Parks & Recreation Month
Fayette County Park is celebrating Parks & Recreation month by offering a reduced admission fee to the pool on the following Wednesdays - July 11, 18 & 25.

August 31
Farewell Summer Swim Night 
Celebrate the end of a beautiful summer with us from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Admission is only $3.00.  A rain date is set for the following day, September 1st.

September 3
Labor Day
Have your last cookout of the summer at the Park and receive 25% off of your shelter rental on Monday, September 3.   (Based on shelter availability)

December 1 - 30
Winter Wonderland
See the park come alive with our Christmas lighting on December 1st, when Active Southern WV will host an Ugly Sweater Run!  The lights will be on each evening from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  Gate admission is $5 per car.

Fayette County Park  2018 activity calendar

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BridgeWalkBridge Walk 2018 Special Walks
Guided tours are offered daily except for: high winds, snow and/or ice preventing access to the catwalk.

May   5                     Saturday                     Cinco de Mayo $59
May 13                    Sunday                       Mother's Day  $49  Mom free 
May 19                      Saturday                      Armed Forces Day $54
May 28                    Monday                      Memorial Day $49
May 29                    Tuesday                      Flower Moon $59 7:30 pm

Schedule a tour for your birthday, anniversary, and/or reunion for $50Tax Included

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AOTGAdventures on the Gorge Spring Events
May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Come join us for a Paint & Sip hosted by Wild & Wonderful Paint Parties on Thursday May 10th from 6-8pm. Grab dinner beforehand at Chetty's or Smokey's and join us for painting after- a fabulous combination for a great night out! Treat Mom to an early Mother's Day celebration at AOTG! The painting for the evening is "Rainbow Forest". All materials are provided including a 
16 x 20 inch canvas, paints, apron & easel for the event, and step-by-step instruction. No experience necessary. This event is for all ages including kids 12 years and up. A great evening for the entire family, friends, date night, or girls' night out. The Lookout Post is the conference center attached to Smokey's overlooking the gorge. Note this event is not BYOB and painters are encouraged to purchase drinks from Smokey's if they are interested!
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May 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
There's nothing like the bond between a mother and child...except the bond between a mother and a Mother's Day buffet. When your mother is finished rafting or zip lining for free, bring her to Smokey's for this special meal.  AOTG Calendar of Events

June 8 & 9, 2018 - ALL WEEKEND 
Celebrating 50 years of West Virginia rafting, 40 years of Class VI, and 10 years of Adventures on the Gorge, we want to re-affirm our connections and histories with an annual event, Brewgrass Reunion- the finest brews, arts and bluegrass in West Virginia.

AOTG invites everyone to the very first CRAFT BEER/BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL on the rim of the New River Gorge! Come sample Sierra Nevada & WV''s finest brews with no limits & get down to WV's best Appalachian bluegrass.

***MUSIC IS FREE - 9 bands, 4 stages and family friendly***

***Tasting Glass (GENERAL ADMISSION): $30 in advance/$35 at the door includes endless samples and a glass souvenir***

***Sierra Nevada & WV Breweries TAP TAKEOVER @ Chetty's, Smokey's, Canyon Falls & Rendezvous***

FurBallNew River Humane Society

Ranger is a 3 year old male Treeing Walker Coonhound. Weight is around 55lbs. Ranger is a sweet boy who is having a hard time dealing with shelter life. He needs a place to run around, and explore. 

New River Humane Society
513 Shelter Rd.
Fayetteville, WV 25840
(304) 574-3682 or email
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JetboatNew River Jetboat Opening Day
New River Jetboats opening day will be  Saturday, May 5, 2018 .  The Jetboat will then be open every weekend in May and will start a regular schedule of every day except  Wednesday  on  May 28, 2018
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ACE2018 Events at ACE Adventure Resort
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May 26, 2018
Join ACE for a demanding trail run through the beautiful mountains in West Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Choose between a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. These distinctive race routes will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. After grabbing your medal at the finish line a burrito buffet awaits to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, plus you get bragging rights for tackling the Wonderland Mountain Challenge on May 26th, 2018.

May 31 - June 2, 2018
Get ready for the 5th year of West Virginia's best music festival at ACE Adventure Resort! Featuring over 25 bands including Umphrey's McGee, Big Something, Perpetual Groove, The Kind Thieves and more on a beautiful mountaintop stage. Plus food, vendors, visual artists, workshops, camping, and adventures in the New River Gorge. This is Appalachia's destination music festival featuring outdoor adventure paired with your favorite music! 

June 23, 2018
The largest mud run in West Virginia! Have fun and test your own limits in the time and space you're comfortable with, while gettin' as Gritty as you wanna be on an untimed 5k Tenacious Trail or 1 Moxie Mile fun run and mud obstacle course designed for excitement, fun, and laughter. Walk, sprint, skip, jog or dance through trails, over walls, through tubes, and mud pits with names like Commando Crawl, Over-Under Logs, Slickey Slide, and more! 
Wear anything you feel comfortable in. A bikini, costume, overalls, prom dress... anything, but it will get dirty! Chix is in the name, but we don't exclude the guys that respect our grit - those guys are man enough to run with Gritty Chix! Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

July 7, 2018
Gather at Wonderland Water Park for the 8th Annual Big Air Blob Competition. Fireworks won't be the only thing rocketing skyward on Independence Day. Teams of two will compete for the most outrageous blob of the day. Judges will score up to 10 points per blob based on form, height or just sheer craziness. Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! When you check-in be sure to ask for details at the ACE Welcome Center.  IT'S FREE TO THOSE PLAYING AT THE WATER PARK ON JULY 7th!

August 5, 2018
Join ACE Adventure Resort for the 17th Annual New River Gorge-ous Trail Run & Walk. Choose between three race options including a half-marathon, 8.5 mile run, or a 5 mile walk. All the courses wander through deep hardwood forests and offer spectacular views of the New River and the historic town of Thurmond. And yes, prizes are awarded.

October 12/13, 19/20, 26/27, 2018 
The Mad Butcher is coming back to the New River Gorge this fall. Dare to explore old abandoned buildings and dark corners of an adventure resort hidden in the woods. Campers and hikers have seen things here that will make your bones turn cold. Be careful not to stir the shadows, or creatures lurking in them. You never know who or what's watching... maybe what's left of those people who never checked out... maybe the thing that keeps them here. Just don't scream, or they'll find you.

Fri - Sat | 5pm - 11pm

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BingoB-I-N-G-O Fundraiser in Ansted

May 19th
June 9th

Location" Ansted VFW: 19957 Midland Trail, Ansted, WV 25812

Proceeds benefit Ansted Hometown Festival

Cafe110Mother's Day Brunch at Cafe One Ten
Cafe One Ten will be OPEN for Mother's Day on May 13th!  We will be serving a special Brunch Buffet!  Reservations can be made via phone or Facebook but are not required! 
Please share our menu!

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Epic Escape Game New River Gorge
Use code "Mayday" for 10% discount

A New kind of Family Game Night
By Leslie Kell
So it's up to you to plan a fun family evening. You want to get the kids off of their cell phones, ipads, or whatever electronic device they might have and really just want to bring the whole family together. When planning this family evening, let's say you suggest an old board game like Monopoly, the Game of Life, or even Scrabble. Then, that's when the eyes start rolling, and you've got a bunch of uninterested family members. Also, let's be honest,Twister isn't exactly a great game for everyone in the family! Video games are great, but they are definitely hard to do for the whole family,  especially when it's only a two player game! Maybe you could watch a movie for family night, but then it seems that no one can agree on which movie to watch! So now what do you do?
It's time to check out a live escape room!  Think about it: for a full hour, no one will be checking instagram, facebook, or snapchat. Also, no one will want to text their friends because they'll be too immersed in the action! If they are texting their friends, it would only be to tell them they are missing out! Escape rooms are all about the fun; plus it's a great activity for a wide range of ages! Your 12 year old can have just as much fun as you and get to participate and solve puzzles with the rest of the family!
Escape rooms also require communication, which make it perfect for a family night, and trust us it will lead to some awesome memories! In addition, rather than competing against each other, families get to work together to achieve a common goal and escape the room as a team! It's everyone against the clock! In fact we say that it's nearly impossible to escape the room by yourself, plus who would want to!? It's always more fun to have a group to go with, and what could be a better group to escape with than your family?

We think it's time to bring a new meaning to family game night, so get everyone together and book your room today! You can do that by clicking the book now button on the top of this page!

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TamarackTamarack, Mother's Day Brunch
May 13 | Tamarack Conference Center 

Treat all the special ladies in your life to brunch at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia this Mother's Day for a brunch featuring the Mountain State's finest cuisine.

Communal Seating | First seating at 11:30 am.
Other times are 12:00, 12:30, and 1:00 pm. 

Tickets: Adults $35 / Children 4 - 11 $17 / Children 3 and under free
(plus tax and processing fee)

Tickets are required | Please purchase tickets by 4 pm on May 10

Mother's Day Swag from Wisteria Gifts
The staff at Wisteria's Gifts are ready to assist you with ideas for Mother's Day

Wisteria's Gifts
147 S Court St
Fayetteville, West Virginia
(304) 574-3678

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Upcoming Events
May 2018

May 5 - New River Jetboats Season Opener
May 5 & 6 - NPS, "Get Active in the Park" New Instructor Training
May 10 - AOTG, Mother's Day Paint & Sip
May 13 -  Happy Mother's Day!  
May 13 - Tamarack, Mother's Day Brunch 
May 13 - Fayette County Park, Mother's Day Picnic Special 25%
May 13 - AOTG, Mother's Day Brunch
May 5  -  Bridge Walk, Cinco de Mayo - $59
May 13 - Bridge Walk,Mother's Day, $49 or Mom FREE 
May 19 - Bridge Walk, Armed Forces Day - $54
May 19 - Ansted Bingo Fundraiser
May 28 - Bridge Walk, Memorial Day - $49
May 29 - Bridge Walk, Flower Moon - $59, 7:30 pm
May 31 to June 2 - ACE Mountain Music Festival

A Walk in the Park each Wednesday at 10AM
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To add your event or questions call 304-465-5617 or    email

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
310 W. Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901
304-465-5617 - Email

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