Busy Season of Events begins with Bath’s Chamber Dinner

The season of activities and events is picking up in our whole listening area, and Bath County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Emily Plecker told us about two of them.

“The seventh annual Business Appreciation Dinner for the Chamber will be held on the 19th at the Omni Homestead Resort. We’ll be starting at 6:00 with cocktail hour in the Crystal Room, and to follow dinner at 7 in the Empire Room. Basically our annual dinner is our event of the season we use to make changes at the Chamber, elect officers, and honor local businesses and educators. So this year, the educators who will be recognized are: Becky George from Valley Elementary School, Joey Crawford, from Millboro Elementary School, and Edward Ozuls from Bath County High School. We are also taking nominations for Business of the Year so for information on how to nominate a business of the year, contact the Chamber.

And how much are tickets for this special event for Chamber members?

“Eighty dollars per person for the dinner, one hundred fifty for a couple; we also have some sponsorship opportunities.”

Emily Plecker continued.

“And for those sponsorships, you get some pretty cool things. You get your business name and logo listed on the Chamber website and acknowledgement through out the dinner program, and also a two to four minute video showcasing your business to be played throughout the night. So, if anyone is interested we are calling on sponsors, and they can contact the Chamber for information about that.

So yeah, we’re hoping for a good night. Last year we had about one hundred and fifty guests, so we’re hoping for a good turnout this year.”

A far different type of event is the Bath County Triathlon, and the major fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce for the last fourteen years.     Again Emily Plecker,

“The Bath County Triathlon is going to be held this year at of course Lake Moomaw. And we have one hundred and fourteen participants who are signed up this year, and we’re looking at three hundred, two hundred fifty, three hundred, somewhere around in there. So it will be a great day at the lake; we encourage spectators to come out, We have great volunteer group, Our volunteer committee Chairman, Will Trimble is coordinating all that. We’re also calling on sponsors for the triathlon.   We’re hoping to get those in fairly quickly so that we can get your name on our T-shirt, and all of our promotional items. So we are really excited about that. We will also be closing the flat boat ramp, and route 600 and 603 from 7:30 am until 11 am , so we ask that the public please plan their closings around those closings.   Also Puff’s barbeque is coming back to serve lunch after the race, and Willie Smith and his band will be playing. So it’s a really good family event especially for spectators of racers, but it’s also just a really great day to spend a day on the lake. If anybody’s interested in being a volunteer or a sponsor, please contact the Chamber, and we’d be happy to set that up.”


“Is there anything that makes this race stand out for those bold athletes who show up at the start?

“The Virginia Maryland Triathlon series who we hold it through always says it’s a fan favorite just because it’s a closed course. Throughout the Virginia Maryland Triathlon Series they don’t have a lot of closed courses so it’s very special to them to be able to come and you know, race without any cars, so having a closed course is a real neat asset for them.”

Again, for a fine day at the lake, watching some very accomplished athletes, and enjoying some barbeque and bluegrass music, find your way to the Bath County Triathlon.


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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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