The Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association introduced its new interactive exhibit to the public Saturday.
"Safety in Underground Coal Mining," located at the Coal Country Miniature Golf in Fairmont, showcases a variety of unique artifacts and hands-on equipment.
Saturday's event also featured the Virtusphere, as seen on the business plan competition reality television show "Shark Tank," for participants to experience life working in a coal mine. Vendors were also on hand, including Heston Farm Winery, WV Coal Jewelry and Bubba's Concessions, among others.
Amanda Rohaly helped her dad, Mike, create the exhibit as a way for the public to help keep coal mining's heritage alive.
"In the last few years, we've starting working a little bit with Fairmont State," Rohaly said. "We've actually partnered with the county commission, UMWA, they've helped us secure some funding. We really think it's important to educate the public, but we also want to make it entertaining and interesting ... not just look, but touch and feel kind of experience."
The exhibit is free of cost and open to the public.
For information about the Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association, visit its website.
Other sponsors for the event included Andy & Natalie Jefferis, EQT Foundation, Anderson Excavating, The UPS Store, WVHTC Foundation, Bond Insurance Agency, Gwynn Tire Service, Middletown Home Sales, Middletown Mall Merchants Association, Trailer City and Teacher's Pet.
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