BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College eagerly welcomed students back on campus with the Bobcat Street Fair Saturday. Those not yet familiar with the area were introduced to the many attractions and organizations that make up Upshur County. From the face of Main Street to as far as the WV State Wildlife Center, groups and businesses from across the county took part in exhibiting what the area has to offer for students and their families.
Ideally, students will use the fair’s resources to find what best suits them for their stay in Buckhannon. Those attending Wesleyan wishing to maintain a healthy lifestyle can receive discounted access to the gym at Anytime Fitness or rejuvenate their mind and body with yoga from Wild Vinyasa Yoga Studio. “The studio is not open yet but will be open closer towards the end of the year,” owner/teacher Sheray Efaw said, as it will make a lovely addition for those wanting to practice yoga. Opportunities are endless for exploring the local outdoor recreation parks and wildlife that includes hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking and kayaking. Students do not have to limit themselves to just the town area, but can easily explore what the state of West Virginia has to offer. Students can also find an array of nearby options for the outdoors like WV Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, and Snowshoe Resort.
Medical care is a must and convenient access reassures parents that their children can receive the proper medical attention they need, just a short distance from the college. St. Joseph’s Hospital provides students and the community with quality healthcare following their mission for the dignity of each person and the sacredness of human life. Country Roads Physical Therapy is available to retain the beneficial needs for bodily care and provides rehabilitation sports therapy for athletes. With their programs and services, rehab therapist Emily Adkins stated, “students can receive a free screening and take part in observation hours and internships.” Hospitals and local health care facilities give students the opportunity to carry out internships and various programs.
During down time, students can find themselves searching for a way to fulfill their unused time. Upshur County delivers many local shopping, food, entertainment, and seasonal events held in the city. Independent and locally owned restaurants such as C.J. Maggie’s and Fish Hawk Acres participated in the fair to make students aware of the variety of delicious foods and appetizing meals they offer. New students can indulge in their amusement finding upcoming movies and showtimes at the Upshur Village Cinema. Shops lining main street offer the best way to take home a sense of Upshur County with the works from Appalachian artisans like the Art of Eden Gallery and Gift Shop or even the Buckhannon Antique Mall for those searching for a more vintage style comfort.
Incoming students can stay in touch with their families by utilizing local businesses like Walmart and AT&T offering phone services and discounted products, while JesterLine Gaming on main street provides smartphone repair, as well as student discounts. Parents and families wishing to visit Upshur County have first-class hotel options like the Colonial Inn, cozy bed and breakfast options from a Governor’s Inn, and of course adventurous camping locations like Audra State Park that make it worth the stay.
The Bobcat Street Fair is a great way to have newcomers acquainted with the town and everything it can provide for students wanting to make it a home. Upshur County and The Record Delta welcomes new Bobcats with open arms. Students can find additional resources from the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce (304-472-1722) and Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau (304-4731-1400) or visit www.VisitBuckhannon.org.