Bath Office of Tourism seeks volunteers for 3 big events

This is the second story in a pair about volunteer opportunities in Bath County that will add to the fun of spring and summer here. Each is just a day or two at the most, so no one has to use “fear of commitment” as an excuse not to jump right in.
Celine Pritt, tourism coordinator at the Office of Tourism, described the three events for which her office needs your help.
The first event is the Warm Springs Mountain Challenge.
“It takes place on Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th. The routes haven’t been put in stone yet, but the cyclists will be all throughout the county. They cover ground from Millboro all the way to Mountain Grove. And just having any volunteers that will come out, we’ll appreciate anyone willing to donate their time.
It could be anything from helping to fill and hand out goodie bags to registration. If there’s something you would like to do in particular, we’ll make sure that you do that.”
While the athletes are truly exerting themselves, volunteers are there to support and encourage, and they won’t be pushed beyond their “comfort zones”.
The triathlon, also known as as Moomaw Madness, starts at 8AM June 20th.
“We work with the Chamber of Commerce on this. It’s a fundraiser for them. The Triathlon is part of the Virginia Maryland triathlon series, and we always get a huge turnout every year. We need help with handing out water throughout the course, with crowd control. We need help with people just standing along the road to point the people in the right direction.”
After contacting Celine in her office to let her know you’ll sign up, she and the other coordinators will find out which area you’d like to work in, and then show you where to go around 6am the morning of the race.
“I know it’s early but, the day is over by noon, and you get to go home. It’s a fun time”
All of these events capitalize on our mountain setting with the Challenge rides on June 13th and 14th beginning in the high school parking lot, and the triathlon beginning and ending at Lake Moomaw. Wings and Wheels, however, is the highest one taking place at Ingalls Field.

“Another event that we are seeking volunteers for is ‘Wings and Wheels’. And this year we have changed it to July 18th. It’s usually in August, July 18th this year, and it’s from 11:00 to 4:00PM.”

“I’m sure many of you have been up there. It is an amazing day. We have live music from the Travellin’ Hillbillies this year. We have the High Rollers Freestyle Entertainment, which is a motorcycle stunt group. The air show is from one to three. The car show is happening all day, and there’s a lot going on; we need a lot of help. We need anyone from helping with car registration for the car show; we need people at the ticket booth collecting money and giving out tickets, perhaps selling T-shirts even, relief for parking, helping to gather and count voting ballots for the cars trucks, tractors and motorcycles, just a little bit of everything. And we will appreciate anything you can give us, even if you can’t stay all day, we’ll take what you can give.”

It is almost May, and the first two of these events are in June, so get on the list of volunteers soon. You get the pleasure of participating in a community event, seeing many serious athletes compete, or an amazing collection of unique vehicles for free admission while the whole county benefits. If you want more details about the events themselves the links are provided with this article in the news section of
Celine Pritt: “For all of these events, you get a free T-shirt; we give you food, and you get a great day. If you’re interested in volunteering you can contact me at the office of tourism. My phone number is 839-7202. And if you have any other questions, give me a call, or you can e-mail me. My e-mail address is “.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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