Vivian Livingood: Welcome visitors to our 18th annual National TrailFest

October 4, 2018

Gilbert is in full swing preparing for the thousands of riders that will be coming to town for the 2018 National TrailFest.

We get so excited knowing the thrill of the fun to be had and the economic boost this event gives the town and county. We have sold out of rooms but still have camping available. We have sent the overflow to Matewan, Delbarton, Williamson and Logan counties.

We have a great deal of vendors coming and most of them need places to stay. This pleases us the event brings revenue to so many.

Trail riders are always welcome in Gilbert but we try very hard to make this event spectacular. Each year, we try to mix it up a bit and add things to do. We hand out over $2,000 in cash and merchandise prizes. Sponsors have graciously donated to help with expenses.

We are forever grateful to those businesses and individuals that care about our area. Brian Fisher from Fishers ATV World is again joining us to shoot free t-shirts to the crowd and to host the mud runs where men, women and children each run through the mud pit to collect their $100 prize.

We have a Vegas Night where all that register get to play roulette and win grand prizes such as helmets, riding gear and such. That is all free to them.

We have four music concerts, two on Friday and two on Saturday that the crowd enjoys plus they never stop muddin’ all the while the music plays.

The Poker Run, Dice Run, and Scavenger hunt are riding the trails to collect ribbons or an object in town and have a chance at winning $100 each.

We have inflatables for the children, free of charge and then the mechanical bull with other games for a small price to ride all day.

The Larry Joe Harless Community Center is where all the action takes place and is also hosting an Arts and Crafts Fair with tons of merchandise available for purchase.

The ATV/UTV and Dirt Bike Costume Parade is on Saturday evening and the decorations and designs are amazing.

There is a 5K run this year at 10 a.m. on Saturday, called the Biohac5ker Run. Some of our trail riders like to take a break and run for a while, as well as locals. The Road Angels Car Club is hosting a car show on Saturday, weather permitting, at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have Send It! Off road that has custom designed a battery operated Side x Side to give away and it is loaded with everything, including leather seats, MP3/USB/SD card with Bluetooth, LED head and tail lights, plus many more features that some child is going to jump for joy to win.

The Veterans No. 308 group is selling chances on a brand new Side x Side that will be raffled to a lucky winner on Sunday, October 7. Chances are being sold now and at the event. We could not put this event on without a lot of support and hard work.

We have out-of-state trail riders that come in just to help with the operation of TrailFest.

We greatly appreciate all the help. Sunday, we have added another fun event for the children, the Battery Operated Kids’ Race. This begins at 2 p.m. They feel like they are a part of the event when they get to ‘race’ each other. The cost is minimal to register for only $45.

This includes an official National TrailFest T-shirt, a collectible poker chip, entry into mud pit and drags with your machine, chances to win tons of prizes and cash, and so much to enjoy.

We have a great team of employees that I cannot stress how hard they work to prepare for this event. I tip my hat to them and can boastfully say, “Job well done!”

Vivian Livingood is the mayor of Gilbert, West Virginia.

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