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Ritchie County
Chamber of Commerce
217 West Main Street, P.O. Box 177
Harrisville, WV 26362-0177

Phone: 304.643.2500
Fax: 304.643.2502
ritchiechamber@zoominternet.net

Emilee J. Seese, President
Work: 304.643.2717, Ext. 7
Mobile: 304.588.0597
E-Mail: emiseese@gmail.com
Welcome to our Ritchie County Chamber of Commerce site!! We're so glad you came!!

We have a lot going on in Ritchie County and are proud of it. Take a look at some of our upcoming events shown here or click through our pages to discover Ritchie County.

We may be contacted at the following:
Welcome Our New Members !!
What's going on Ritchie County...
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Wellspring Family Services recently held an Open House and ribbon cutting. President Emilee Seese was happy to share in this occasion. We are pleased to welcome this business to Ritchie County.
North Bend State Parks -
Choose Your Outdoor Quests
Customized outdoor experiences
~ North Bend Lake
OVERNIGHT LODGING: Choose from: camping, cabin, or North Bend Lodge.

GOOD GRUB & TASTY MEALS: Choose from: on your own, catered (prepared by North Bend Restaurant and/or cooked at camp), or dine at North Bend Restaurant.

BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING: Enjoy an overnight experience in a remote section of North Bend State Park.

CANOEING/KAYAKING: This quest is designed to introduce and improve your basic flat water skills.

BIKING: New to biking or mountain biking? This quest is for you.

BACKPACKING/HIKING: Quest includes several hikes and focuses on the basics of backpacking, how to pack, and what to bring.

YOGA: Choose an indoor or outdoor class that suits you or an informational session. This quest is available year-round with certified Yoga instructors.

NAVIGATING: This quest shares the basics of navigation in the wilderness.

NATURE INTERPRETATION: Book one-on-one time with our park rangers for the following sessions: nocturnal walk, bird walk, tree walk, venom and poison, beaver habitat, history walk, creek critters, tracks and scat, and insect investigation.
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Bridal Open House
Sunday, August 21, 2016
~ North Bend State Park
A bridal open house welcomes brides to be, friends and families to discover why North Bend State Park is a perfect setting for weddings, receptions, honeymoon and anniversaries. The event is from 1-3 pm at North Bend Lodge.

Meet with Kristi Steed, Event Coordinator, at the North Bend Lodge and learn about how your wedding, reception, shower, luncheon, or out of town guest lodging can happen at North Bend. With hundreds of weddings coordinated under her belt Kristi can sit down with you for a free chat about your dream day and how North Bend State Park can make that dream come true.

Photos of past weddings along with menus, prices and planning tips are part of the event. Snacks and samples. Area businesses that support wedding planning and arrangements will be greeting brides to be.

Lodge room and cabin tours are also planned.
 
Contact Kristi Steed at 304.643.2931
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Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Friday-Sunday, August 26-28, 2016
~ North Bend State Park
Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is a three-day, two-night event dedicated to instruction about and interpretation of the outdoors and outdoor activities.

BOW offers hands-on, outdoor workshops in a safe, supportive atmosphere with patient, enthusiastic instructors. No experience or special equipment is necessary.

BOW is for adult women of all ages and fitness levels. This weekend is still being planned, therefore pricing, details, registration and event contacts will be added as available.

In the meantime, help us to plan and include topics and activities, which interest Outdoor Women by completing the survey at the link below:
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Outdoor Women Interests
Snakes Alive!
Friday, July 29, 2016
~ 7:30 pm
~ North Bend State Park
Join Jim Fregonara, WVDNR, and take a closer look into the amazing world of snakes. He will be bringing several West Virginia snakes to look at and learn about in the North Bend Lodge Conference Room.

Get an up close look at these fascinating and sometimes misunderstood creatures. All ages are welcome. Be there... if you dare!
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Swimming Lessons
~ North Bend State Park
Youth Swim Classes, ages 6-12:

Tadpole Class teaches children the breaststroke, breathing techniques and arm/leg extension. The breastroke is the simplest stroke and is perfect for preserving energy and can be done for long periods of time. Perfect for the struggling swimmer who needs a bit more training before taking on the pool without a parent constantly by their side. Class begins June 22 and ends July 1.

River Otter Class teaches children the freestyle stroke. Also focuses on breathing techniques, arm/leg extension and swim speed. Perfect for the moderately experienced swimmer. Perfect for those considering joining a youth swim team. Class begins July 2 and runs through July 11.

Each group class consists of 10 lessons and will cost $45 per participant. Classes can contain up to 10 participants. Private lessons are available and are $35 per lesson. Lessons are one hour and will be from 11 a.m.-noon before the pool opens for the day. Classes with fewer than five participants may be cancelled. Payment is not due until the first day of the class.
Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey
Saturday, August 13, 2016
~ 7:30 pm
~ North Bend State Park
Three Rivers Avian Center will visit North Bend State Park Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 pm.

Get an up close look at live raptors and birds of prey at the Lodge Conference Room.

Come to this impressive, educational program to learn about habitats, diets and behaviors of several birds of prey native to West Virginia, including owls, hawks and eagles!

You'll also learn about the most common causes of injury to each species and the laws protecting these special birds.

No fee to attend. Open to the public.
Contact: 304-643-2931 or 1.800.CALL.WVA.
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Quest is an á la carte outdoor adventure, customized by you to meet your leisure time interests.

Build and package your quest by choosing from a variety of adventure activities at North Bend State Park.

Experiences may range from one-hour to multi-day backcountry camping trips.

Quests include a leader or instructor. You do not have to sleep on the ground or eat hydrated dinners. Dial in your own level of comfort and/or adventure with any one of our offerings!
North Bend offers shuttles on the North Bend Rail Trail for bikers and hikers through their Quest Customized Outdoor Experiences.
To utilize this service contact North Bend at 304.643.2931 or www.northbendsp.com.