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.

 Pickin’ and singin’ at the 19th annual North Bend Bluegrass Festival May 10-11

Hart Brothers Bluegrass BandCAIRO, W.Va. – The 19th annual Bluegrass Festival at North Bend State Park features seven bands over a two-day period, May 10-11. Bluegrass weekends are popular across the United States, from Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, to “Pickin’ in Parsons” in West Virginia. “We’re not the biggest festival, but the talent and music is great. It is a family atmosphere and the price is reasonable,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator at this state park located in Ritchie County. The festival also includes craft vendors and concessions.

The festival will take place at North Bend’s amphitheater. Seating is available, or attendees may bring a chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the bands play in Shelter #3 nearby. A refreshment concession on site helps support the park expenses for this event; however, coolers are permitted, but alcohol is not.

A Friday-only ticket is $10 and a Saturday-only ticket is $25 per person and available at North Bend Lodge or the event gate. Overnight packages are available at the park lodge and cabins as well as a camping rate that includes festival and campsite.

North Bend Bluegrass Festival Bands are:

Friday, May 10, features The Hart Brothers (www.thehartbrothers.com), 6 p.m.; Remington Ryde (www.remingtonryde.com), 7 p.m.; The Hillbilly Gypsies (www.thehillbillygypsies.com), 8 p.m.; and Carolina Road (www.carolinaroadband.com), 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, includes Buddy Griffin and Ashley Messenger (www.retroandsmiling.com), 1 p.m.; Carolina Road, 2 p.m.; Buck and Company (www.buckandcompany.com), 3 p.m.; Remington Ryde, 4 p.m.; The Hart Brothers, 5 p.m.; The Sheppard Brothers (www.thesheppardbrothers.com), 6 p.m.; Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys (www.johnnystaats.com), 7-9 p.m.; The Hillbilly Gypsies, 9 p.m. to the conclusion of the festival. The Master of Ceremonies is Butch Sheppard.
For information about North Bend State Park, accommodations, restaurant, activities and events, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304-643-2931.

Contact Information

Ken Zebo, Activities Coordinator