Adventures on the Gorge has signed on as a primary sponsor of the Adventure On! Freedom Festival, which will be staged by the Summit Bechtel Reserve on Sept. 10-12.

According to a press release, Adventures on the Gorge will provide guided whitewater rafting adventures on the New and Gauley rivers for the family-focused adventure event celebrating first responders. Summit Bechtel Reserve is expecting to host up to 50,000 people.

Festival-goers will also experience some of southern West Virginia’s other celebrated adventures, including zip lines, sport shooting, cycling, skating, rock climbing, archery and hiking.

The festival will feature special events including National Hunting and Fishing Days, The Mountaineer Race presented by GNCC Racing, and trail rides for Jeep enthusiasts. A free concert for first responders, active and retired military and law enforcement officers will be on Sept. 11.

The festival coincides with Gauley Season, when the Corps of Engineers releases water from Summersville Lake into the Gauley River, creating miles of rapids including nine Class V rapids.

“Summit Bechtel Reserve’s continuing commitment to spreading the word about the region’s adventure opportunities closely aligns with the mission of Adventures on the Gorge, and we are proud to support this innovative event,” said Roger Wilson, CEO of Adventures on the Gorge. “Like Summit Bechtel, we believe that exposing young people and families to the joys of adventure and the responsibility of stewardship is a great way to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy and help preserve the great outdoors.”

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