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Mountaineer Hospitality

July 24, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

A couple years ago some college friends of mine were passing through West Virginia and we made arrangements to meet. I suggested we attend a small festival in a north-central West Virginia town. Knowing finances were a bit tight for their rather sizable family, I thought the free event would be a nice, inexpensive stop on their trip.

I said, "They're going to have inflatables and those are usually free around here." I could tell they didn't quite believe that statement, but I?was confident it would be the case. You guessed it, it wasn't. The price for a pass combined with our rather late arrival at the affair made it cost prohibitive. Instead, the kids played on the adjacent playground until it was time for the fireworks. It all worked out fine, but I just kept thinking how a more local event would have been more accommodating.

The perfect example was Saturday's Festival of Memories. It's no secret that I love this event. The fact that most everything is free is a bonus--particularly for larger families where the costs can quickly multiply.

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Kids enjoy the free inflatable attractions at Saturday's Festival of Memories.

If those friends would have visited this past weekend, I'm sure they would have been pleasantly surprised at the Mountaineer hospitality and how we know how to have a good time while making memories.



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