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.

 Nichole Greene Chosen to Reign Over State Fair During Annual Fairs and Festivals Convention

Nichole Greene was chosen from among nearly 90 contestants as “Miss West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals” at the group’s annual pageant held in Charleston January 11-12. Greene, who represented the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival in Sistersville in the “Queen of Queens” contest, will reign over the State Fair of West Virginia August 9-17, 2013.

Finalists in the contest include: First Runner-Up Whitney Johnson, West Virginia Pumpkin Festival; Second Runner-Up Leslie Garrett, Lewis County Fair; Third Runner-Up Chelsey Nazelrodt, West Virginia Three Rivers Festival; and Fourth Runner-Up Andrea Mucino, Paw Paw District Fair.

Consisting of nearly 150 member-events throughout the Mountain State, the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals (WVAFF) provides members with informational and networking opportunities. The annual convention includes a trade show and entertainment showcase that assists event representatives in booking activities for their respective events.

Among the informational sessions this year were “Emergency Planning for Fairs & Festivals,” presented by Roy McCallister, West Virginia Department of Agriculture Homeland Security Threat Preparedness and Response Officer, and “Nothing Compares to Face to Face,” presented by International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) representative Meri Smith with the Arkansas State Fair.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the WVAFF kicked off the Dream Big food drive campaign organized IAFE Board Chair Marlene Pierson Jolliffe, CEO of the State Fair of West Virginia.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture