Bottoms up! WV Birthday Bash, Bartender Battle will feature four new sets of opponents in June

BUCKHANNON – Prepare for an evening of excitement and flavorful creativity as the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce prepares to host the annual West Virginia Birthday Bash and Battle of the Bartenders – a fun fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, June 13 from 6 p.m. 9:00 PM at the Opera House, 12 E Main Street, Buckhannon.

This lively event will see some of Upshur County’s best bartenders compete against each other and create unique cocktails in an effort to be crowned the night’s champion. The event raises money to support the Chamber’s advocacy for local businesses and industries.

Chamber of Commerce Director Tammy Reger shared the inspiration behind the event.

“Over the years, there have been a lot of people in the office asking, ‘Why don’t we do anything for West Virginia Day? What’s going on with West Virginia Day?’ so we tried to think of what we could do to celebrate that would be fun,” Reger said. “The Chamber hosts a lot of business events, but this one is more about bringing the community and business leaders together, having a good time and networking.”

This year’s Battle of the Bartenders will feature four exciting battles, with the drink orders already handed out. Here’s the setup:

  • Battle 1: President of West Virginia Wesleyan College Dr. James Moore vs. Trish Collett, CEO of Community Care of West Virginia – Martini
  • Battle 2: Region VII Planning & Development Council Project Coordinator Carrie Wallace vs. Upshur County Administrator Tabatha Perry – Margarita
  • Battle 3: My Buckhannon publisher/owner Brian Bergstrom vs. My Buckhannon editor Katie Kuba – Mojito
  • Battle 4: President of Loudin Insurance Jamie Powell vs. Owner/Agent at Hank Ellis Insurance Hank Ellis – Bloody Mary

“The bartenders are our local leaders,” Reger explains. “They can make their assigned drinks in any flavor and use whatever ingredients they want.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to taste the creations and vote for their favorite bartender by purchasing voting tickets for $1 each.

“Whoever gets the most votes wins that battle, and whoever has the most votes for the evening wins the entire competition,” Reger added.

In addition to the cocktail battles, DJ Charles Hayes, a WVWC graduate and former teacher in Upshur County, will keep the party lively with music and a photo booth.

“People were really excited about the photo booth last year,” Reger noted. “We post all the photos online on our Facebook page after the event, so that is also very nice.”

A delicious dinner – with a delectable bar menu featuring items like chicken wings and sliders – will be provided by the Opera House. A cash bar will also be available where visitors can purchase regular drinks of their choice.

Tickets for the event are limited to just 200, so don’t wait to get yours. Individual tickets cost $30 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Table sponsorship is also available, with a table for eight for $300 and a table for ten for $400. Some larger sponsorships, such as the Rhododendron sponsorship, have already been adopted by St. Joseph’s Hospital and Community Care of West Virginia.

Reger encouraged everyone to support their favorite bartenders by purchasing voting tickets.

“If you have a favorite bartender, be sure to contact them or the Chamber office to purchase voting tickets to support them,” she said. “It’s nerve-wracking to get there and compete for everyone, so every vote counts!”

To purchase tickets, stop by the Chamber office at 14 East Main St. in Buckhannon, call 304-472-1722 or email Reger at [email protected].

Don’t miss this exciting event that promises fun, community spirit and fantastic cocktails. Celebrate West Virginia Day a few days early with the BU Chamber of Commerce during the Battle of the Bartenders!

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