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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.


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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.


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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.

 Gov. Tomblin Announces Giant Birthday Cake to be Served during the State's 150th Birthday Celebration


Sara Lane puts the finishing touches on the 150th birthday cake

Photo Courtesy of www.laurenlovephotography.com

Sara Lane puts the finishing touches on the 150th birthday cake.

 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced details of the giant birthday cake to be served during the birthday celebration at the State Capitol later this week. The main cake will be a detailed replica of the State Capitol building. The structure is 8 feet long, over 3 feet tall, and decorated with nearly 900 pounds of fondant icing. Over 15,000 pieces of birthday cake will be served Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

"This is a big birthday for the State of West Virginia, so we're having a cake that fits the occasion," said Governor Tomblin. "Joanne and I are looking forward to enjoying it with West Virginians from all corners of the state. Come hungry!"

The structure underlying the Capitol replica was built by a father-and-son team of Culture Center employees, David and Darren Husband. The detailed icing and baking was done by Sara Lane of Cross Lanes.

Lane, a local baker who took up cake decorating as a hobby several years ago, says it has been a great honor to work on this project, which has changed her perception of the Capitol. "I studied the Capitol's architecture as a history major and have been in and around this marvelous building many times. But studying the details of every corner, every symbol, and every shape---and their place in the building's overall design---has changed the way I look at it. It is truly an awe-inspiring structure."

Gov. Tomblin will cut the cake following the 1:50 p.m. Sesquicentennial Ceremony on Thursday. To view a complete schedule of events for the Capitol City celebration, visit www.wv150.com.  


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