[caption id="attachment_13944" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/10\/IMG_1213.web_.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2016\/10\/IMG_1213.web_-300x123.jpg" alt="THIS CLEAR VIEW of the entrance to the new Buckeye Home, Farm, Lawn and Garden Center would not have been possible at any time Saturday. The store and lot were busy from morning until into the night for the grand opening of Roger Pritt\u2019s new buisness \u201cadventure.\u201d Pritt also owns and operates Buckeye County Mart. J. Graham photo" width="300" height="123" class="size-medium wp-image-13944" \/><\/a> THIS CLEAR VIEW of the entrance to the new Buckeye Home, Farm, Lawn and Garden Center would not have been possible at any time Saturday. The store and lot were busy from morning until into the night for the grand opening of Roger Pritt\u2019s new buisness \u201cadventure.\u201d Pritt also owns and operates Buckeye County Mart. J. Graham photo[\/caption]\r\nIf there was ever a visual in this county that proved the saying, \u201cbuild it and they will come,\u201d it was on display all day and into the night Saturday in Buckeye at the grand opening of the Buckeye Home, Farm, Lawn and Garden Center \u2013 an offshoot of Buckeye Country Mart.\r\nEarly morning rain did not dampen the spirits nor deter the crowd \u2013 of nearly 500 \u2013 that came out to enjoy a day of music, food \u2013 provided by the Pocahontas Community Club \u2013 games and fireworks, and to show their support to owner Roger Pritt as he embarks on a new venture that will add to the county\u2019s economy.\r\nPritt purchased Buckeye Country Mart a little over 10 years ago, and in that time he has doubled the size of the store and the number of products provided there.\r\nAs traffic congestion became a issue, Pritt looked for a way to streamline his operation. \r\nHis plan was to move his landscaping products to the old drive-in theatre lot, which he had purchased a few years ago.\r\nOver time, that small plan grew into a full-service store which will supply a multitude of products to the community.\r\nAnother saying proved true in this story, as well.\r\n\u201cIrony can be pretty ironic, sometimes.\u201d\r\nAs a young boy, Pritt said he got his first \u201csteady income\u201d when he took on the job of cleaning up the trash at the drive-in on the mornings following the movie of the night before.\r\nNow, as the owner, he has breathed new life into that property and into the town of Buckeye.\u00a0\r\nThe huge turn-out for the grand opening can be attributed to Pritt\u2019s reputation as a hard worker, as well as to his reputation for excellent customer service through the years.\r\n\u201cHe\u2019s worked hard,\u201d Charlotte Hamons, of Marlinton, said. \u201cHe deserves everything he gets.\u201d\r\nPritt has worked hard all his life, and in so doing, he has made lifelong friends.\r\nBill Gram, of Ashwood, Virginia, met Pritt when they worked together at the VEPCO Dam project, often pouring 1,000 yards of concrete at night.\r\nThat may explain why it was nothing out of the ordinary for Pritt and his brother, Curtis, to be working the cement pad for the store late into the night of last year\u2019s warm December. They worked by the headlights of trucks and vans.\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve never known a man who has done so much with his life,\u201d Gram said. \u201cYou can give Roger a couple of cinderblocks, and they don\u2019t have to be new, just something he\u2019s picked up somewhere, and he sees something amazing.\u201d\r\nA person would be hard pressed to argue with that.\r\n\u201cIf sleep didn\u2019t get in his way, he would work twenty-four hours a day,\u201d Melvin Martin, of Buckeye, said.\u00a0\r\nSeveral county officials and candidates were present at the grand opening.\r\n\u00a0Pocahontas County Commission president Bill Beard and Commissioner Jamie Walker commended Pritt for his work.\r\n\u201cThis is what I like to see,\u201d Beard said. \u201cThese small businesses mean so much to Pocahontas County, and it takes people who have a dream and a desire and the ambition to get it done. We are lucky to have people like Roger who really put that dream to work.\u201d\r\nCommissioner Walker echoed those sentiments.\r\n\u201cThis has been a pretty dead looking spot when you come through Buckeye,\u201d Walker said of the past few years. \u201cWe need the dreams and ideas of people like Mr. Pritt, that will help the county; people who will invest in stuff like this. It looks great. It\u2019s one of the best things that\u2019s happened in the lower end of the county since I\u2019ve been here.\u201d\r\nRoger Trusler, representing the Pocahontas County Chamber of\u00a0 Commerce, was on hand to direct the ribbon cutting for the event.\r\n\u201cRoger is to be commended for his hard work,\u201d Trusler said. \u201cIt goes to show that with hard work and perseverance, many dreams can become realized.\u201d\r\nPritt, who is a man of few words, addressed the crowd.\r\n\u201cI want to thank everyone for coming out this morning,\u201d Pritt said. \u201cThis is a big, new adventure for us, and we couldn\u2019t have done it without all of our friends and customers over the years. We\u2019ve had a wonderful ten years. Everyone who knows me knows that I am not a public speaker. I just want to thank you \u2013 a thousand times over.\u201d\r\nThis \u201cadventure\u201d came into being by the work of the Pritt\u2019s hands, those of his brother, Curtis, their cousin, Junior Pritt and Rusty Pritt, and a host of friends who chipped in to help, when needed.\r\nPritt appreciates every bit of the help he received.\r\nPendleton Community Bank Customer Service Representative Lauren Dunbrack was on hand to express the bank\u2019s appreciation for being allowed to be a part of this new business.\u00a0\r\nCars filled the lot and lined Rt. 219 Saturday, not unlike the early days of the Buckeye Drive-In.\u00a0\r\nMarlinton resident, and former Buckeye resident, Edith Barrett was in attendance.\r\n\u201cI was here for the first night of the drive-in, and I am here today for this,\u201d Barrett said.\r\nAs people perused the well-stocked store, the Eades Mountain Boys and Half Step Down provided music from the bed of a wagon, provided by Clint Gunter, of Gunter\u2019s General Store at Edray.\r\nBuckeye Home, Farm, Lawn and Garden offers everything \u2013 from various feeds for animals to electrical and plumbing supplies. There are cant hooks and peaveys for the logger or serious landscaper, water heaters, gloves, signs, flower pots and watering cans. You can rent a U-Haul, buy a Mennonite-constructed building or a carport.\r\nIf Pritt doesn\u2019t have it, he will get it for you.\r\nLook for the landscaping and greenhouse addition in the spring. Farm gates and feeders are on the way. Fence posts and wire are already in stock.\r\n\u201cI never thought I\u2019d see the day that Buckeye would have a WalMart,\u201d Buckeye resident Mike Rogers said.\u00a0\r\nWinter hours for the Buckeye Home, Farm Lawn and Garden Center are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 304-799-0860.\r\nBuckeye Country Mart is open seven days a week, and may be reached at 304-799-6880.