CARPENDALE – “It's been an exciting month here in Carpendale. It's really a good time to be here,” said mayor Casey Lambert as the council reviewed the successful Knobley Tunnel Day held on Saturday, Aug. 4.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – “It’s been an exciting month here in Carpendale. It’s really a good time to be here,” said mayor Casey Lambert as the council reviewed the successful Knobley Tunnel Day held on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Over 400 visitors signed in to the event, which featured a history of the town and tunnel, activities for children, a car show and music.
“It was fantastic. They deserve the credit for this,” said Lambert, giving all the credit to Vicki Hamilton, Jodi Miller and Kelly Miller who organized the event with no budget and only a few weeks of planning.
In addition to visitors from throughout the region, there were guests on hand from California and Chicago.
Lambert noted one patron asking, “Are all the people in the town so nice?”
He stressed that this is what the town wants to do “to build on friendships and helping others.”
As superheroes made their way through the event, the town’s own heroes from the Ridgeley Police Department volunteered their time as Chief Jake Ryan and Officer Mike Lott were busy fingerprinting over 60 children.
“The weather hurt us a lot,” added Lambert, noting that wet ground limited areas for parking and for setting up events.
Funds raised at the event are going to benefit three area children facing illnesses.
Jodi Miller noted that organizers were very pleased with the support the town received, noting that everything for the event was donated. She reported that both of the food trucks sold out.
“We had a lot of good will done here,” said Lambert, adding, “That is the intent of the Chamber of Commerce to get the community together.”
As a result of the Tunnel Day, Delegate Gary Howell is reaching out to the Mineral County Technical Center for help in constructing a bike rack and picnic tables for the tunnel area.
Seven bikes were given away during the event thanks to sponsors Bob’s Guns and Bows, Lynn’s Lawn Care, J&S Pawn, Hages Market, Bug Boys and West Virginia Busy Solitude Farm.
Taking home bikes from the day were Cameron Heinrich, Emily Dowden, Bryn McCain, Gunnor Beason, Allie Rose, Tracy Ellamae and T.J. Blowe.