Cedar Lakes gets $1.7 million to cover lost revenue
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The financially troubled Cedar Lakes campground in Jackson County is getting a financial boost from the governor’s office.
Gov. Jim Justice has announced the allocation of more than $1.7 million for the campground.
It’s known for hosting, among other annual events, the Mountain State Arts and Crafts festival in July. The festival was just one of several events cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture became the campground’s owners in 2016. Spokesman Crescent Gallagher says the money will help erase losses from the pandemic.
“They are hurting right now,” Gallagher said Tuesday. “They laid off most employees just to make it bare bones to keep it going. It’s a vital part to western West Virginia, not just Jackson County, but again they have events there that draw people from every county and nearly every state in the United States.”
Gallagher says there are plans for the Arts and Crafts festival to resume later this year. He says efforts by the West Virginia Legislature helped secure allocation of the money.
“Cedar Lakes is very important to Jackson County communities and I am happy to know that Commissioner Leonhardt understands that and cares about persevering it. I know Jackson County residents are very thankful,” said Senator Amy Nichole Grady (R-Mason).
“Cedar Lakes is part of the soul of Jackson county and was thriving before COVID-19 dawned in West Virginia. We refuse to surrender such an integral part of our community to a temporary setback. Thank you to Kent Leonhardt working so diligently to preserve Cedar Lakes,” said Senator Eric Tarr (R-Putnam), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
“Cedars Lakes is Jackson County’s version of a state park. It provides various recreational outlets for our community, as well as attracts outside visitors through its camps, festivals, and classes. I am extremely thankful to the Governor and Commissioner Leonhardt that we can continue to keep Cedar Lakes open,” said Delegate Steve Westfall (R-Jackson).
As we reported earlier this year, the department of agriculture has been working on renovations to the campground’s grounds and buildings.
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