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By: Tim Donaldson

A Look at Fisher’s ATV Reunion 2008

Hatfield-McCoy’s Browning Fork Trail System
Hatfield-McCoy’s Browning Fork Trail System

Video recap of the events that took place at Fisher's ATV Reunion 2008.
Video recap of the events that took place at Fisher's ATV Reunion 2008. [File Size: 15.7 megs, Format: .WMV]

Waiting for the show!

Waiting for the show!

Charleston Area Medical helicopter arrived for some show-n-tell.
Charleston Area Medical helicopter arrived for some show-n-tell.
Reunions are events where people of common interest gather to celebrate, rehash old memories, and to reunite after long periods of separation. Families often go to them to reminisce about “Little Cousin Johnny,” former school mates talk about the “good ole days,” and military buddies renew the pride of serving with their fellow compatriots. Whatever the reason, reunions are an opportunity for friends and family to get together and have a great time.

Brian Fisher of Fisher’s ATV is no stranger to the reunion concept. In fact, Brian thought it would be a great idea to assemble ATV enthusiasts from across the country for a get together at, arguably, one of the east coast’s premiere riding venues. Otherwise known as Fisher’s ATV Reunion, event goers gathered in Gilbert, West Virginia–home of Hatfield-McCoy’s Browning Fork Trail System–on June 20 - 22, 2008.

As attendance was limited to the first 1500 registrants, the event was designed to have a special and personal atmosphere. Attendees at the event were treated to a variety of entertainment activities, including concerts sponsored by Toyota with country music artists Michael Scott, Sarah Johns, and Daryle Singletary. Host Brian Fisher remarked, “We didn’t want to have a typical event. We wanted to do something that hadn’t been done anywhere in the ATV industry.”

Registered participants were able to enjoy the amenities of the Larry Joe Harless Community Center, where shower/bathroom facilities were available and morning/evening meals were served daily. Also, an exclusive, private screening of Fisher’s Behind the Scenes and World Famous “Fish Reel” was held–a hilarious look at what the Fish Staff experiences when putting together a show.

Keeping the close-knit, family feel of the event–participants were able to play games, listen to music, and win industry prizes while Brian kept things lively by ruminating about past ATV adventures. Speaking of industry prizes, a couple of lucky folks took home a Suzuki KingQuad, Polaris Sportsman ATV, and a Warn winch. The odds of winning which, given the restricted number of entrants allowed at the event, were fantastic.

The event was a great chance for those wishing to meet Brian and the country music singers. All were easily accessible and more than willing to talk with the fans, with special opportunities for game contestants winning “Meet & Greet Passes.” Brian stated, “Meeting the people is the best part!” Attracting people from California, Florida, Idaho, and Texas (to name a few), the event was truly a nationwide event.

In addition to riders enjoying the festivities of the Reunion, ATVers were able to soak in the picturesque scenery of Hatfield-McCoy’s Browning Fork Trail System. Boasting approximately 115 miles of trails, the system connects directly with the towns of Man and Gilbert, West Virginia. Touted as the most ATV-friendly town in the U.S., Gilbert allows ATV riders, wearing the appropriate safety gear, to ride legally on their roadways. As the community host for the Fisher’s Reunion, event goers had plenty of amenities available to make their trip memorable.

As a first-time for the Reunion, the Fisher’s are pleased with the event and would like to thank their sponsors for all of their support, the Fish Staff, and all of the participants who made the Fisher’s Reunion a success.  With all of the positive feedback, there are already plans for next year’s Fisher’s Reunion. Fans can expect the next Reunion to be bigger and better with more of a family-oriented theme. However, don’t dawdle in purchasing tickets when available; the event is purposely designed for an exclusive, family-oriented atmosphere, and tickets will likely go fast as ATV enthusiasts get ready for another Fisher’s ATV Reunion!

For more information about Fisher’s ATV and up-to-date details for next year’s Fisher’s ATV Reunion, including dates and location, visit www.fishersatvworld.com.

Visit the Hatfield-McCoy Trails website at www.trailsheaven.com for more information about the Browning Fork Trail System and the town of Gilbert, West Virginia.


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