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Friends of the Cheat Celebrate 19th Annual Cheat River Festival

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The Cheat River Festival is in its 19th year and with music, kids games, and plenty of vendors it's no wonder thousands of people flock to the fair grounds each year.

"So friends of the Cheat, our mission is to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding qualities of the river," said Amanda Pitzer, executive director. "That takes money, and it also involves outreach. So we're able to host events like the evening white water race."

The event includes bands from all over the area, including from Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Henry Cerbone calls the fair grounds his backyard because he literally lives right there. He enjoys being able to come and go as he pleases.

"I just like that I know everybody," said Cerbone. "I just know everybody and everybody knows me so you can't really get lost."

The event is also a great way for local non-profits, like Hope 4 Hunter, to get their word out.

"We want to spread awareness about MPS. There was a child in the community diagnosed last June," said Michele Hoffman, Hunter's aunt. "It's a rare genetic disorder and the type of MPS he has only affects 2,000 people worldwide."

Hope 4 Hunter will be having a fundraiser on May 18th to raise money for the National MPS Society for medical research.

Friends of the Cheat also uses this event to spread word about its own upcoming events.

"We're going to have our official opening of the Upper Cheat Water Trail," said Pitzer. "So that goes from about Hendrix, south of Parsons, and flows north to Rowlesburg. It's about 40 miles of flat water so it's going to be family friendly."

On June 1st, they will celebrate the opening of that trail.