Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 4, 2013

Can-Am takes its ATV show on the road to the Pocahontas Trail, Bramwell

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRAMWELL — A dozen all-terrain vehicle dealers from throughout the Mountain State came to Bramwell on Friday to get schooled on the new models of ATVs offered by Can-Am, a leading manufacturer of off-road products that moved into the ATV business in 2006. Friday was a day for ATV dealers, but today, the public will get the chance to ride the Pocahontas Trail on some of Can-Am’s new equipment.

“This has been a great event,” Mike Davidson said. Davidson is the owner of Swamp Fox Motorsports with locations in Green Valley, Bluefield, Va., and Beckley.

“Today’s event gives an opportunity for dealers from across West Virginia to see Can-Am’s new equipment and a chance to network with people we usually deal with on the telephone,” Davidson said. “It’s not only about networking to make deals, but also to see what we have here. We’re very excited about our trails.”

Can-Am came to Bramwell in a pair of tractor-trailer units — one carrying several ATVs and the other containing a big screen TV, large canvas awning, chairs, tables and everything needed to make a modern multi-media presentation. The dealers attended a briefing in the morning, rode the trails and returned to the presentation site for a follow-up presentation and lunch catered by “The Perfect Bite.”

“Tomorrow, the general public can come out and see the equipment and go for a ride on the trail,” Davidson said. “Some of the other dealers have been giving passes to some of the riders they know to come down here, check out the equipment and check out the trails. This kind of an event helps stimulate the local economy, and I firmly believe in doing everything we can to stimulate the local economy.”

Bramwell Mayor Louise Stoker was thrilled by the arrival of the Can-Am trucks and the statewide ATV dealers. “This entire stage was self-contained in one trailer,” Stoker said. “It’s exciting to see this lot filled with activity and it was exciting to see this all come together.”

Debbie Estep, retail center manager of the Little Coal River Trail Head of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System said that she thinks word is getting out about the state’s excellent trail system.

“It used to be that we talked about the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System as West Virginia’s best kept secret,” Estep said. “Now, people want to know how they can get here.”

“I think we have arrived,” Stoker said.

Bramwell’s Blues & Bluegrass Festival will continue all day today starting at 2 p.m., with the Blevins family, 3:30 p.m. and Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, with the incomparable Melvin Goins at 7 p.m. The East Coast Side-by-Side Rally sponsored by the Pocahontas ATV Resort will include a 250-foot open mud pit area, a “Run what ya Brung Drags” and much more.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com´┐Ż