GLEN JEAN, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – In a press conference held this morning inside the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s Fenneman Great Hall, Governor Jim Justice announced that southern West Virginia will be hosting a major outdoor adventure and patriotism festival.
According to Governor Justice, Morgantown-based company Grand National Cross Country Racing (GNCC) will return to southern West Virginia this September to host a motorsports event that will celebrate world-class athletes as they race through the Reserve’s trails.
Justice was joined in the announcement by leaders of the event’s partnering entities, including Director of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Bill Garrett, Event Director for GNCC Racing Tim Cotter, and Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) Stephen McDaniel.
Garrett, who explained that the theme of this years’ event is “adventure,” revealed that the WVDNR’s National Hunting and Fishing Days event will be held in tandem with the motorsport event. The Summitt will be bringing in their own vendors as well.
The event, which is expected to draw thousands of people and millions of dollars to the area, will take place from September 9 to September 12. With the festival being held during the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Garrett stated that the weekend will have a “patriotic note” by honoring Veterans, as well as military personnel who are currently serving.
“What an event,” Governor Justice said, expressing his excitement. “The more we can do this kind of stuff in West Virginia, amen.”
GNCC Racing is America’s largest off-road ATV and motorcycle racing series and is among the most unique racing series in any motorsports discipline. Find more information on GNCC at gnccracing.com.
Watch the full livestream of today’s announcement here.