Upshur officials unveil new event center’s website

BUCKHANNON – The public soon will have a digital gateway to The Event Center at Brushy Fork.

Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau officials Wednesday announced a new website for the event center located at the West Virginia National Guard Armory in Buckhannon. The site was unveiled during a 1:30 p.m. meeting of the CVB’s Board of Directors.

The armory and the event center both are still under construction, but the bureau is expected to be able to move in Sept. 1, Executive Director Laura Meadows said.

“People have been asking about the space,” she said.

In the meantime, the bureau plans to launch the center’s website in the next few weeks, conference center manager Laura McDaniels said.

The new website will allow Internet users to have full access to information about the facility’s amenities, McDaniels said. The web address will be released to the public as soon as officials make a few more adjustments to the site.

“It’s going to be a public face where people can go to get information,” she said.

It will be a great tool to further the bureau’s goal of promoting business in Upshur County, McDaniels said.

“Our whole goal is to bring people into Buckhannon and Upshur County,” she said.

An open house for the new facility is scheduled for Oct. 1. Several local vendors, including local caterers, have signed on for the event, McDaniels said.

“A lot of local businesses will be able to promote themselves,” she said.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to speak at the center’s opening ceremony, McDaniels said.

The event will include a joint ribbon cutting with the National Guard, Meadows said.

Meadows and McDaniels said they are working on plans to provide public transportation to the event center for events. Officials also hope to place signs in prominent places around the area to point people toward the facility.

The event center is managed by the CVB but is the result of a partnership between the National Guard and the city of Buckhannon.

It has taken a great deal of work by many people to get to this point, McDaniels said. And there is more work to be done. Some furniture and other interior fixtures have not yet arrived.

Meadows said she’s keeping her fingers crossed that everything will arrive on time.

In addition, CVB officials are still working on getting an alcoholic beverage permit for the center. The facility is considered an “off-site” location, which meant finding an insurance carrier was more difficult, Meadows said.

Officials eventually found Mountain Lakes Insurance, a carrier specializing in clubs and restaurants. It took some work, but the good news is the CVB was able to obtain a $1 million insurance plan that carried only a $1,200 premium, Meadows said.