West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Canaan Amateur Backyard Chili / BBQ Cook-off looking for chefs

Butch’s Good Ol’ Boy Chili is a past participant in Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s Amateur Backyard Chili/BBQ Cook-off.
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
Butch’s Good Ol’ Boy Chili is a past participant in Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s Amateur Backyard Chili/BBQ Cook-off.
Chefs are encouraged to register for the next event Aug. 9.
DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort State Park is searching for amateur chili and barbecue chefs to participate in the annual Canaan Amateur Backyard Chili & Barbecue Cook-off, scheduled for Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion.

First, second and third prize winners will be selected for chicken BBQ, pork BBQ and red chili recipe. Prizes start at $500 cash for first place chicken and pork BBQ dishes and $300 cash for red chili recipe. One winner will be selected in the Verde (green) chili category and one People’s Choice winner will be selected for both chili and BBQ dishes, splitting a 50/50 purse with one lucky spectator each.

“I look forward to this event every year here at Canaan Valley Resort,” said General Manager David Herscher.” As a backyard barbecue connoisseur myself, this event leaves no doubt as to who the best-of-the-best is in the area. Winners secure bragging rights for a whole year and walk away with some cash to boot.”

Cook and vendor registrations are now being accepted. Call 304-866-4121;ext. 2678 for registration assistance or visit www.canaanresort.com.

As participants prepare their recipes, additional activities will include West Virginia craft vendors, eating contests, tastings to vote for the People’s Choice awards, swimming, scenic chairlift rides, Turtle Slide tubing, Sporting Clays, DJ entertainment and much more.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park, located in Tucker County, is a four-season mountain destination and the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. In addition to the 160 new lodge rooms, the resort offers 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campground sites and more than 25,000 square feet of conference space consisting of 10 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall and an outdoor pavilion. Visit the resort website at www.canaanresort.com or call 800-622-4121 for information.

Contact Information

Cary L. Sponaugle, Director of Sales & Marketing
304-866-4121, ext. 2671