Saturday, April 12, Adopt-a-Highway Route 26 Cleanup, Albright.  Pitch in and help FOC care for its 3-mile stretch of Route 26.  Meet at 10am at the pavilion behind the Albright Quick Stop.  Gloves, trash bags, safety vests, and water provided.  With 9 energetic volunteers the cleanup lasts only about 2 hours.  The more the merrier!  Weather dependent – backup date April 13 at 1pm.  Email Amanda with any questions:

Saturday, April 26, Upper Cheat River Water Trail River Sweep, Parsons Area.  Float the Parsons area of the Upper Cheat River Water Trail, removing streamside litter and debris for safe and beautiful paddling experiences.  Blackwater Outdoor Adventures (BOA) will coordinate boats and shuttle—meet at BOA at 10am.  Pickup trucks welcome.  Contact Patrick at BOA for more information or to offer special services/equipment.  Weather dependent – backup date April 27.  RSVP required.  Patrick McCann – E-mail:  Phone:  (304)478-3775

Friday, May 2, Cheat River Massacre-ence Downriver Race, 5:25pm start, Albright.

Saturday, May 3, Cheat Fest 5K, 10am, Preston County Country Club, Kingwood.

Saturday, May 3, 20th Annual Cheat River Festival, 12-11pm, Albright.

May 22 – 26, Memorial Day Weekend, Friends of the Cheat @ DelFest’s Kidzone, Cumberland, MD.  Join FOC for three, environmental education workshops at the Kidzone during the 7th annual DelFest in Cumberland, MD.  All Kidzone workshops are free to festivarian families.  The Kidzone is not childcare.

AMD Tie-Dye, Friday, May 22, 10:30-11:30am

AMD Tie-Dye Part II, Saturday, May 23, 10:30-11:30am

Dragonflies & Del-grammites, Sunday, May 24, 1:30-2:30pm

June 6 -7, Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, Harpers Ferry.  This annual festival is held to raise awareness and money for river and environmental conservation.  Held at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, proceeds benefit conservation groups including FOC.  Three races are also held in conjunction with the festival including the Tim Gavin Down River Race.  FOC hopes to see you there!

Saturday, June 7, Upper Cheat River Water Trail Paddling Party – National Trails Day, St. George.  Float the Upper Cheat River Water Trail from Holly Meadows to St. George in celebration of National Trails Day.  Join the paddling after-party at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures’ take-out around 4pm.  Live music, refreshments, and plenty of friends to share your big fish stories with around the campfire.  Launch by 11am to join the floatilla.  For more details including outfitter information and camping availability contact Blackwater Outdoor Adventures at or (304)478-3775

June 13 – 14, Ragnar Appalachians Trail Race, Big Bear Lake, Hazelton.  Join Friends of the Cheat’s volunteer team at the east’s most challenging trail race hosted by Ragnar Trail Relays.  Teams of 4 and 8 will run a total of 120 miles on three rugged loops around Big Bear Lake.  For each 4-5 hour volunteer shift filled by FOC, FOC will earn a $60 donation!  Help with parking and team registration Friday and Saturday.  You don’t have to be a runner to appreciate this epic event—over 275 teams are expected in this event’s second year.  You must contact Amanda to volunteer: or (304)329-3621

Saturday, September 27, Run For It!  Davis, WV.