CHARLESTON - Mineral County Day 2018 included more participants and more exhibits than ever before, according to Patsy Koontz, chairperson for the event.


For the News Tribune
CHARLESTON - Mineral County Day 2018 included more participants and more exhibits than ever before, according to Patsy Koontz, chairperson for the event.
 “In addition to the many businesses and organizations which have been part of our annual tradition for many years,” Koontz told the News Tribune, “we are pleased to have had the following organizations participate for the first time this year:  the Boy Scouts, Ashby’s Fort, the Travis Phillip Moreland Foundation, and Youth With a Mission.
“The momentum for Mineral County Day increased tremendously this year, and I thank our hardworking committee members for all of their efforts in making our 2018 Mineral County Day a huge success!”  
Mineral County Commissioner Roger Leatherman agreed, calling Thursday “The best Mineral County Day by far.”
Mineral County hosted a networking luncheon in the committee room, and a total of 225 were in attendance, Koontz said.
Fourteen businesses and/or agencies had also set up exhibits in the East Wing of the Capitol. They included: Ashby’s Fort, Automated Packaging, Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Eastern W.Va. Community & Technical College, Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, Orbital ATK, Potomac State College of WVU, The Greater Cumberland Committee (North-South Corrdor), The Town of Piedmont, The Town of Ridgeley, the Travis Phillip Moreland Foundation, WVU Medicine/Potomac Valley Hospital, Youth With a Mission, and the Boy Scouts.
The winning team in the Keyser Middle School Lemonade Stand project, named Fightin’ Fibrosis One Lemon at a Time, also had their stand set up and served lemonade, cheesecake bites and cake pops to those who stopped by.
In addition, Mineral County had a hand in the opening of the first day of the 2018 session for both the House and Senate, with John Lecky, Mineral County Chamber of Commerce president, offering the opening prayer in the House and Pastor Lauren Godwin of Grace United Methodist Church, Keyser, offering the opening prayer in the Senate.
Both the House and Senate honored the late Dr. Harry Boggs by presenting a citation to his family.
Both houses also honored Mineral County Chamber director Anne Palmer for her 22 years of service to Mineral County.

NEXT: A rundown of the various meetings held during Mineral County Day.