Wednesday, May 30, 2018
First year, we are doing a T-shirt! Art work and printing done locally by our long-time friends and supporters at East-West Printing.
Located in the remote mountain paradise of Davis, West Virginia since the early ’80s, East West Printing is a family-run business that started as a basement operation serving regional adventure outfitters. These days EWP prints t-shirts for events, businesses and organizations nationwide out of a 10,000-square foot facility, while still remaining true to their small town roots. Known as pillars within their community, EWP is a coveted workplace, generating multiple 20-year veteran employees. What's their secret? For one, they're a meticulous and passionate crew with an appetite for the creativity and puzzle-solving that comes with the print industry. With a communal lunch room, flexible work schedules, freshly harvested food in the fridge, and best of all, laughter ringing throughout the building, EWP has been a model for ‘Working to Live’ long before the phrase was ever coined.
East-West has been making T-shirts since the beginning of bike racing in Davis. They made T-shirts for the original 40k and the legendary Blackwater 100 off road races as well. They did all the T-shirts Laird Knight's famous 24 Hours of Canaan relay races.
Often times, these t-shirts were badges of honor for some of the toughest races at the time. People collected them and wore them proudly. I recently saw a couple of these on Ebay even.
Alice and Bill are the owners and pillars of our little mountain community. Alice's brother Luke made the sacred vessel for the Hashes. Nick, their son, started biking as soon as he could walk and went on to become a National Champion in mountain biking and a professional road racer. Ruth did the artwork for this year's shirt.
We love having good humans like these in Tucker County and a part of our festival.