Rides & Recreation Show features a full crowd despite weather

Rides & Recreation Show features a full crowd despite weather


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Although rain clouds took over the area Saturday afternoon, they didn’t stop people from coming out to prepare for more sunny weather during the first Rides & Recreation Show at Crossroads Mall in Mount Hope. 

A new show in town, the Rides & Recreation Show was coordinated through the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce. The show provided the opportunity to celebrate the outdoors in Appalachia by showcasing new forms of transportation just in time for summer. 

Those who attended were able to purchase a new vehicle, motorcycle, RV or ATV, and maybe even a boat or two. 

BRCCC Sales Director Kip Buchanan said he was actually surprised about Saturday’s turnout due to the weather. 

“The weather was much better when we first began yesterday, but we’ve had a much bigger turnout with the crowd today because people are looking for something to do to get out of the rain, and this was the perfect thing to come out and check out,” Buchanan said. 

Buchanan said in hopes of area residents purchasing that new summer vehicle, a number of car dealerships throughout the Beckley area attended, including New River Gorge Harley-Davidson. 

Megan Foley, a Harley-Davidson sales associate, said they were lucky enough to have sold one motorcycle so far during their time at the event. 

“He’s actually supposed to be coming and picking it up soon, so that’s really exciting,” Foley said as she pointed to the shiny black motorcycle behind her. 

She explained they had done well with selling a lot of merchandise during the event, too — including T-shirts, collectible items and poker chips with the Harley-Davidson logo on them.

“This was just a great way to get out and show our faces and business to the community, along with other businesses as well,” Foley said. 

The Rides & Recreation Show replaced BRCCC’s annual Business Show for 2018. Buchanan explained the Business Show was in its 24th year, and the Chamber wanted to shake things up a bit with something new, something fresh. 

“There is no other new car show around, except in maybe Charleston, so we decided to try this kind of show here in southern West Virginia since it’s kind of the hub of the area,” he said. “It’s just something different.” 

Aside from the multitude of car dealerships present, several local area businesses made their appearance at the show as well.

Buchanan said many of the businesses in attendance had always remained loyal to BRCCC’s annual Business Show and wanted to continue in their efforts to reach the public.

Some of the businesses present included Trinity Tree Services, United Bank, Visit Southern West Virginia, Sam’s Club, and Mary Kay. 

“It’s just a great way for people to come out and see what the area has to offer,” Buchanan said. 

The Rides & Recreation Show will continue from noon to 6 p.m. today at Crossroads Mall. 

Email: jnelson@register-herald.com; follow on Twitter @jnelsonRH 

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