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Huntsman to headline state's chamber event

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 07:11 AM

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 77th Annual Meeting and Business Summit is planned for Aug. 28-30 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs.

Registration is still underway, and nearly 450 people have already registered for the event, for which the keynote speaker will be Jon M. Huntsman Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to China and former governor of Utah. The event will also feature Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, Congressman David B. McKinley, Chris Stirewalt, Fox News digital politics editor, and William Winkenwerder Jr., CEO of Highmark Inc.

Members of the Chamber who have not yet registered for the summit can visit www.wvchamber.com or call 304-342-1115.  Those who wish to book a room at The Greenbrier can ask for the West Virginia Chamber Room Block.

PUMP UP THE FUN: After purchasing two more acres along Merricks Creek Road, Pump Up the Fun in Barboursville has added inflatable water slides to its offerings to keep kids entertained and cool in the hot summer months.The four new slides just opened on Saturday, and already are getting a lot of use, said owners Jim Treacy and John Ghiz.

It’s a great way to supplement business in the slower summer months and put the property to use until they officialize their growth plans, Ghiz said. The company, which has been open almost six years, hired excavators to build a retaining wall to level off the property, and put turf down underneath the slides, which are open to people of all ages.

The slides are open weekdays and weekends now for parties and individuals. After school starts next month, the outdoor slides will remain open on the weekends during the warmer weather.

Visitors to Pump Up the Fun now can choose either indoor fun or outdoor fun. The company also offers summer day camps for kids, from 8:30 to 4 p.m. with daily and weekly rates.

“I think we’re fulfilling a need,” Treacy said. “Kids are getting their exercise and relief from the heat.”

Please send business news to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.




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