The 12th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair is not happening this year.
The announcement came, Monday, from the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.
Instead, the event will be held July 15-17, 2016.
Construction at the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex and concerns about the continued downward trend in coal is the reason for the decision.
“With the complex being under construction this summer, an alternate location would have been necessary, and there aren’t too many options to hold a large event like this that would meet what we require to put on the show,” Rist said. “Plus, our committee realizes that we could put undue pressure on our coal related sponsors who are continuing to struggle during such a tough period for the industry as a majority of the sponsors for the Friends of Coal Auto Fair are directly related to the mining industry, and have led the way in supporting the event and making it a successful fundraiser for the Y’s youth programs.”
“Our sponsors have been the backbone for this event from its inception and we cannot thank them enough for what they have done each year to help the Friends of Coal Auto Fair flourish and grow,” Rist continued.
Rist said he hopes the community will realize how valuable having an event like the Friends of Coal Auto Fair is to the area. He said moving the Auto Fair until next year will allow more time for the steering committee to plan, adding a fresh, new direction to the event.
“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the event,” Rist added. “They are dedicated to making it a fun, family-oriented show for our community while focusing on making it as successful as it can be for the Y.”