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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Aug. 19 – Sept. 1

8/5/2013
17th Annual Appalachian Festival: Aug. 23-25, Beckley and throughout Raleigh County
The Appalachian Festival is a compilation of multiple events held throughout Raleigh County over three days in late August each year. Now in its 17th year, the festival continues to expand to showcase several events and attractions, simultaneously giving visitors the opportunity to “see it all” in one stop. The festival encompasses three big days packed with arts, crafts, entertainment, music, food and fun! Check out stunning designs and creations lovingly made by more than 100 artisans at the Arts and Crafts Fair. Sample delicious cuisine at Taste of Appalachia while enjoying live music and don’t miss the Classic Car Show featuring more than 100 classic automobiles at Crossroads Mall. In addition, there will be craft demonstrations, strolling musicians and bluegrass bands. For the complete schedule including dates and times, visit http://www.appalachianfestival.net or call 304-252-7328 or 877-987-3847.

Simply Jazz and Blues Festival: Aug. 23-25, Sandstone
Welcome to the inaugural year for the Simply Jazz and Blues Festival! On the weekend of Aug. 23-25, beautiful southern West Virginia will be the setting for some of the best in jazz, blues and gospel music. The festival itself will take place at the scenic “Drift” located on the majestic New River. Located right off Interstate 64 at exit 139, The Drift boasts over a mile and a quarter of access directly to the scenic New River. Other music venues in the area will be hosting live jazz and blues. The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and ends the evening of Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information, call 304-222-2536 or visit http://www.simplyjazzandbluesfestival.com.  

3rd Annual Chief Logan Hunting and Fishing Expo: Aug. 24-25, Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center, Logan
Headlining the Expo are Ron and Amy Shirley of Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery Company. In addition to their hit reality TV show, the two are also avid outdoorsmen and hunters and members of the celebrity Bowtech team. Ron and Amy will be in attendance on Saturday and Sunday to greet fans, and there is no additional fee to meet the pair. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome back Frank Addington, Jr., “The Aspirin Buster,” as a featured presenter. Addington has been demonstrating his bow and arrow skills to audiences for more than two decades. His nickname has been earned because during his presentations, Addington wows audiences by splitting an aspirin in half with an arrow. New to the Expo this year are Kenny and Aharon Davis of Appalachian Big Game TV and Tachycardia Outdoors. The hunting experts will be doing a featured presentation on hunting whitetails in the Appalachian region versus hunting whitetails in the Midwest. A National Wildlife and Turkey Federation-sanctioned “Turkey Calling Contest” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24. Emceeing the competition will be Chris Walls, a world and two-time national turkey calling champion. Registration for the contest begins at 10 a.m. There will be a mandatory callers’ meeting at 1 p.m., and the contest officially begins at 2 p.m. Additional attractions for the Expo include: DNR youth challenge, ATV safety demonstrations, an air rifle range, the Hawg Trough fishing pond, a laser shot trailer, fishing demonstrations, and bird dog demonstrations with Bob Fala. The first 500 children ages 12 and under will receive free admission to the event, courtesy of Gatti’s Pizza of Logan. In addition to presenters and activities, the Expo will feature many hunting and fishing vendors, food vendors, and musical entertainment. The Expo hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be on-site parking and admission to attend is $5. Call the Logan County Chamber of Commerce at 304-752-1324 or email logancountychamber@frontier.com or visit http://www.chiefloganexpo.com for additional information.

Tribute to the River: Aug. 30-31, Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant
Activities and attractions will include: exhibits, boat rides, line throw, cornhole contests with cash prizes, children’s games beginning at noon with prizes, food, entertainment and Sternwheel Boat Parade in Ohio River. Admission is free. Point Pleasant River Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Call 304-674-0144 or email museum@pprivermuseum.com or visit www.pprivermuseum.com for more information.

5th Annual Gathering at Sweet Creek: Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, Sugar Camp Road, Mineral Wells
The Gathering at Sweet Creek is an old-time music festival. The air will sing with the sounds of fiddles, guitars and banjos as 53 musicians join in for some old-time music! Hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 31, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 1. Call 304-580-6929 or 304-489-2042 for more information.

35th West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival: Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, Clarksburg
The WVIHF has been rated among the "Top 100 Events in North America" by the ABA, a "Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society" and one of the "Top 4 Italian Festival's" in the nation by the National Sons of Italy. This three-day street festival offers cultural events, authentic Italian cuisine and "fun and games" for people of all ages. A kids’ area and stage is available and is designed to entertain the smaller children during the entire festival, from Happy the Clown to magicians and music. Top-named entertainers can be found on the main stage during the festival. The festival and all entertainment are free to the public! For additional information and the schedule, visit http://www.wvihf.com, email wvihf@wvihf.com or call 304-622-7314.

Jane Lew Firemen’s Arts and Crafts Festival: Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, Jane Lew
More than 200 contemporary and heritage crafters will be displaying and selling their wares. Products will include items such as: glass, wood, leather, jewelry, dolls, dried and silk flowers, baskets, ceramics, soaps, candles, paintings, honey, jams and jellies and much more. Food vendors will also be available. Call 800-296-7239 or 304-269-7328 or visit http://www.stonewallcountry.com for additional information.

The Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta: Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, Heritage Port, Wheeling
Come to the Regatta and see the beautiful wooden hydroplanes and raceboats up close and watch as they run on the Ohio River at speeds between 60 and 140 mph! Learn about how these boats were built in their "glory days" from the 1920s to the mid 1980s; find out who the famous boat builders were and the differences among them; and learn about the aerodynamics, engineering and physics of boat racing. SeaQuest Kids will return to the Regatta for a sixth year. This incredible, free program which teaches boating safety and boat-building to children ages 3 to 18 was very popular last year and more than 100 children of all ability levels participated. As always, the Regatta features free admission for all public events. Call 304-233-4738 or visit http://www.wheelingvintageregatta.com/index.shtml for more information.

Droop Mountain 150th Anniversary Hike #3: Aug. 31, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Hillsboro
Help celebrate the 150th Anniversary at Droop Mountain by hiking the same trails/paths that soldiers did back in 1863. This is the 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry (later reorganized as the 7th West Virginia Calvary) Memorial Hike. The hike begins near Hillsboro and ends at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. It is three miles through fields and woodlands with very steep grades. Limited to 35 participants and preregistration is required. Visit http://www.droopmountainbattlefield.com/events.html or call 304-653-4254 for more information.

Apple Butter Weekend: Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, Blennerhassett Island State Park, Parkersburg
The Stillwell 4-H group, dressed in colonial style attire, will be stirring apples into apple butter on Blennerhassett Island the same old-fashioned way our grandparents used to do—over an open fire in a copper kettle! You can observe first-hand the process of making this brown butter. The group will be offering their apple butter for sale. Visit http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800 for additional information.

The Battle at Droop Mountain: Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Hillsboro
The West Virginia Re-enactors Association invites you to the 150th Anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Droop Mountain. The original battle fought on Nov. 6, 1863 pitted General John Echols’ Confederates controlling the Greenbrier Valley against General William Averell’s Federals advancing from the north. A welcome social will be held on Friday evening in the park shop building. Coffee and refreshments will be served along with Civil War videos and a warm fire if the weather is cold. Civilian activities will center on a social to be held near the Union camp during the tactical. Saturday evening will feature the Droop Mountain Open Air Ball and Young Ladies’ Cotillion. Period music and dance instruction will be provide, with a special opportunity for a “coming out” presentation for young ladies. On Sunday morning, an authentic church service will be held at the overlook near the Confederate camp. *Please note the dates of this re-enactment are scheduled earlier due to multiple events re-enactment groups are conducting and offering across West Virginia during the sesquicentennial year - the state's 150th birthday. Call 304-897-5372 or visit http://www.droopmountainbattlefield.com/events.html for additional information.

Jackson’s Mill Jubilee: Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, Jackson’s Mill, Weston
Step back in time this Labor Day weekend at the Jackson's Mill Jubilee and share a very special time with us. Activities and attraction include: art show, arts and crafts, children's activities, folk dancing, heritage music concerts, heritage arts and crafts, historical encampments, home cooked food, authors and book signings, grist mill demonstrations, living history, antique engines Jackson's Mill Farmstead tours, fire truck rides, one music tent with seats, and much more! For additional information, visit http://www.stonewallcountry.com or call 304-269-7328 or 800-296-7329.

Cacapon Homecoming: Sept. 1, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
Come Home to Cacapon—it’s your state park! Join in the Labor Day Weekend festivities including: music with multiple bands, food, door prizes, outdoor activities and lots of fun! Contact 304-258-1022 ext. 5029 or email Renee.M.Fincham@wv.gov or visit http://www.cacaponresort.com for more information.

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312
Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov