ELKINS?- When school is in session, there are the three "R's" that come to mind: reading, writing and 'rithmetic.
However, summer is here, and it's time for fun. That's where The Inter-Mountain comes in with its three "E's." On tap Aug. 2 will be: an expo, entertainment and excitement, said Ad Director Michelle Hammonds.
The newspaper will host this inaugural event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elkins High School in conjunction with platinum sponsors Roy's RV Supercenter and Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Admission is free, and there will be an action-packed day filled with vendors, games, food, fun and more. Also, that weekend is when the annual West Virginia's Largest Yard Sale will take place. Those who attend the expo won't miss out on all the good finds such sales have to offer, though.
Tables will be available for the nominal fee of $25 for anyone who wants to set up a yard sale that day. Those who sign up to participate will have their sale receive premium advertising in the paper in conjunction with the expo.
"We know our readers love a good bargain. What better way to get people to your sale than to have it as part of our expo," Hammonds said. "Tables will be inside in case of inclement weather and near food stations, other vendors and live entertainment."
The crowd will be able to groove with the Axis Dance Group and sing along with local youth phenom Gracie Metheny and country crooner Michael Bonnett. Other performance spots are available, and those who are interested may contact The Inter-Mountain for more details.
In addition, highlighting community services and giving back are large components of this family oriented event. The Elkins City Police Department and Macy the drug dog will have an informational booth at the expo as will the Elkins Fire Department and the Barbour County Emergency Squad.
The Inter-Mountain also will take free photos of children with Macy or other community heroes throughout the day. Photos will be distributed the following week and will be available for pickup at the paper, at 520 Railroad Ave. in Elkins or via mail.
Also making an appearance will be:
The American Legion;
French Creek Game Farm;
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources;
Family Resource Network;
Delegates Bill Hartman and Denise Campbell as well as candidate Charles Kinnison; and
Representatives from Snowshoe Mountain Resort and Walmart in Elkins, which will recruit for potential employees.
There will be a variety of vendors as well. The Elkins High School boosters will sell refreshments. Other stations will include:
Bates Carpet and Furniture;
Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center;
Candlesticks and Thyme, featuring primitive items;
Kristina Croston, with Tupperware; and
The Snowshoe Foundation, selling tickets to its annual charity raffle.
In addition, everyone who attends the event will receive a ticket for a chance to win a door prize. Those who bring 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, which was instrumental in helping to feed those in need during Superstorm Sandy and the derecho in 2012.
The Inter-Mountain's Newspaper in Education program also will have representatives on hand. In the 2013-1014 school year, more than 48,000 newspapers in excess of $20,000 were delivered at no charge to local schools for use in the classroom. The NIE program will sell bottled water and popcorn to help fund this initiative, and donations will be accepted. A movie-theater gift basket, complete with passes, a certificate for snacks and other goodies also will be raffled for $1 a chance to benefit the program.
For additional information about a yard sale table, vendor booth or other aspect of the expo, contact Advertising Representative Beth Myers at 304-636-2127, ext. 130 or email email@example.com.