Family fun on tap at first Community Expo Saturday

A full day of fun is on tap for every member of the family when the Inter-Mountain and platinum sponsors Roy’s RV Supercenter and Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar host a Community Expo this Saturday.

Admission is free for this inaugural event which is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be vendors, games, food and entertainment throughout the day at Elkins High School.

Tables will be available for anyone who wants to set up a yard sale that day. A nominal fee of $25 will be charged. “Tables will be inside in case of inclement weather,” Inter-Mountain Advertising Director Michelle Hammonds said. “They will be near food stations, other vendors and live entertainment.” A limited number of tables still are available for those who are interested. Tables should be purchased by Thursday.

The Expo will feature live entertainment throughout the day, including Valli Davis on the guitar. Later, Axis Dance Group will demonstrate its moves. A familiar face in Elkins, young Gracie Metheny, is sure to delight the audience when she showcases her singing talents. But it won’t stop there; also on hand will be country crooner Michael Bonnett.

Several public service agencies will be present to provide information to attendees about the services they provide to the community. The Elkins Police Department and K-9 Officer Macy will have an informational booth at the Expo. The Elkins Fire Department is planning to bring one of its pumper trucks. The Barbour County Emergency Squad also will be there.

The Inter-Mountain will have a photo booth and will take free photos with Officer Macy or other community heroes throughout the day. Photos will be available for pickup at the newspaper’s office the following week.

The Family Resource Network and Youth Health Service will do a number of activities for the children while the Department of Natural Resources will play Wildlife Jeopardy.

House of Delegates members Bill Hartman and Denise Campbell along with candidate Charles Kinnison will have informational booths.

Representatives from Snowshoe Mountain Resort and Walmart in Elkins will be on hand recruiting for potential employees. The Snowshoe Foundation will sell tickets to its annual charity raffle.

Elkins High School boosters will sell refreshments, Candlesticks and Thyme will be featuring primitive items, Kristina Croston will have Tupperware, Tiffany Blume from Damsel in Distress will have women’s self defense items and Northern West Virginia Rural Health Education Center which provides K-12 pipeline activities to encourage children to choose health care careers will have an informational booth.

The American Legion, Mountain Hospice, the Potomac Center, the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek, Frontier Communications, Bates Carpet and Furniture, Bathfitters, are other vendors scheduled to be on hand.

Everyone attending will receive a ticket for a chance to win a number of door prizes provided by vendors and area merchants. The grand prize will be a 2-night stay at the Elk Springs Resort in Monterville and dinner for two at the resort’s Ellie May’s Old Mill Restaurant. Everyone who brings a nonperishable food item will receive an extra chance to win for every item donated. The food will be given to Tyrand Ministries for its community pantry. It was instrumental in helping to feed those in need during Superstorm Sandy and the derecho in 2012.

The Inter-Mountain’s Newspapers in Education program also will have representatives on hand. It will sell bottled water and popcorn to help fund this initiative. A movie-theater gift basket, complete with passes, a certificate for snacks and other goodies will be raffled for a $1 donation per ticket. All funds will benefit the program, and donations also will be accepted. During the last school year, more than 48,000 newspapers valued in excess of $20,000 were delivered at no charge to local schools for use in the classroom.

The first 2,500 visitors through the doors will receive a free tote bag to store purchases and items collected at the Expo.

“This is going to be a fantastic event that will not only showcase the amazing businesses in our area, but those who work hard every day to keep our community safe,” Hammonds said. “The event gives our local businesses a chance to connect with their neighbors on a one-on-one basis in a family friendly and fun atmosphere.”

To reserve a yard sale table, contact Classified Advertising Representative Lori Smith, at 304-636-2121, ext. 105. For additional information about a vendor booth or other aspects of the expo, contact Advertising Representative Beth Myers at 304-636-2127, ext. 130 or email bmyers@theintermountain.com.