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 July 22 – Aug. 4

7/11/2013

Jackson County Jr. Fair: July 22-27, Cottageville

The Jackson County Jr. Fair truly has something for everyone!  Located at the Fairgrounds near Cottageville, the Jackson County Jr. Fair is one of West Virginia's largest and highly attended county fairs. Make your plans today and enjoy entertainment for the whole family -- featuring farm fresh produce, outstanding food, carnival rides, ATV races, truck and tractor pulls, horse shows and much more!  The Jackson County Jr. Fairgrounds provides plenty of free parking. Visit http://www.jcjf.net/ for the schedule or call 304-532-1232 additional information.

 

The Aracoma Story: July 23 – Aug. 4, Chief Logan State Park, Logan

Logan County lays claim to one of America's most romantic legends, the story of Princess Aracoma and British Soldier, Boling Baker. The story grew in Logan County around the authentic details of an incident in the history of the region more than 200 years ago. The story asserts that Princess Aracoma and a British Soldier, Boling Baker, moved into this valley sometime close to the year 1760 and lived in peace on the island (today's City of Logan) until 1780. It is an eternal, touching story of love and a dramatic account of the cultural fight for survival in a rapidly changing world. Audiences will experience love, laughter, family, tradition, gun fights, raids and living history. There's something for everyone in this show! Show time is 8:30 p.m. Advance ticket phone orders are taken Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling our office at 304-752-0253. For additional information about the show, call 304-792-7125 or visit http://www.chiefloganstatepark.com/amphitheater.html.

 

Wild and Wonderful MountainFest Motorcycle Rally: July 24-28, Morgantown

This four-day event shares the magic of West Virginia with bikers everywhere. Activities and attractions include live concerts by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Jackyl with Jesse James Dupree, The Guess Who, Foghat, Three Dog Night and more, stunt shows, live entertainment, food and motorcycle vendors. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wvmountainfest.com or call 304-284-8244.

 

Bramwell Theatre Festival presents “Smoke on the Mountain”: July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4, Bramwell

“Smoke on the Mountain" is a musical comedy that takes place in an Appalachian church. The United States is in the last years of the Great Depression and organized religion is at its peak.  The setting is Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, N.C., located just west of Hickory, near the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Mount Pleasant’s principal industries are farming and pickle production. Mount Pleasant Baptist has a membership of 63-64 when Becca Robinson gets baptized next Sunday.  Saturday Night Sings by families of gospel singers have become the much needed and highly appreciated entertainment of the time.  The play presents a Saturday Night Gospel Sing featuring the Sanders Family in their first night back on the gospel circuit in five years.  It uses a cast of seven with the audience being the congregation. Hours are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended. For additional information or reservations, call the Bramwell Theatre at 304-589-0246 or 304-248-8145 or visit http://visitbramwell.com/smoke_on_the_mountain.html.

 

31st Annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival: July 26-28, Wheeling

From July 26-28, the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival will celebrate three decades of honoring Italian-American traditions and culture with a renowned outdoor celebration at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The Festival has more to offer than just free entertainment, great food, cold beer, delicious wine, and good fellowship.  Throughout the Festival grounds, you can find many fine arts and crafts booths and numerous games of skill and chance to keep everyone in your party entertained the whole weekend! The Fun Zone at the South end of the Festival, located near WesBanco Arena, offers many thrilling amusement rides, kiddy games and much, much more! Plan to bring the kids for fun, safe family entertainment.  For the schedule and additional information, visit http://www.italyfest.com/ or call 304-233-1090. Benvenuto!

 

Kevin's Lazy River Adventure: July 27, Racine

Kevin's Lazy River Adventure is a 10.5 mile community float trip on the Big Coal River in Boone County. Boats will put in at John Slack Park in Racine and take out at Dartmont Park in Ashford. The Big Coal River Branch of the Coal River Group will have their annual free West Virginia Picnic at the end of the float at Dartmont Park. Canoes and kayaks will be available to rent from Coal River Kayak. To reserve a boat for the float, call 304-722-3055. Contact Teresa Perdue 304-836-5948 or Mary Browning 304-837-3702 for any questions.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.coalrivergroup.com.

 

West Virginia Hot Dog Festival: July 27, Pullman Square and Third Avenue, Huntington

Its national hot dog month and a great way to celebrate this unique and delicious aspect of our region is by attending the annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival (always held the last Saturday in July each year)! Enjoy contests and competitions, live music and entertainment all day, displays, prizes, demonstrations, crafts, shopping, car and truck shows, and sample all of the delicious hot dogs (as much as you can eat) in one location for the entire day. For more information, call 304-525-7788 or visit http://www.wvhotdogfestival.com.

 

Cherry River Festival: July 27 – Aug. 3, Richwood

This week long celebration, themed “A Salute to the Military”, features music shows every night and ends with a craft show, antique car show and parade on Saturday. Additional activities and attractions include pageants, horseshoe tournament, Lumberjack Dress-up Contest, talent show, carnival rides, pet show, battery powered motor races, remote controlled vehicle races, military display, 5K walk/run, cherry pie contest, hotdog eating contest, food and much more! For additional information, call 304-846-6790 or 304-846-9114 or visit http://www.richwoodchamberofcommerce.org.

 

10th Annual Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival: July 31 – Aug. 3, Parsons

Come and celebrate Hillbilly and Bluegrass music with us at our 10th Annual Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival. Some of the don’t-miss acts include the Hillbilly Gypsies, Russell More and IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Lonesome River Band. Additional activities include an auction, scavenger hunt, clogging class, a pot luck dinner and a Wernick Method Jamming Class. Performance times are daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Schedule of acts is subject to change. This is a sheltered, outdoor event with festival seating, food & craft vendors, hot showers and modern restrooms. For a complete list of performers or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.fiverivercampground.com or call 304-478-3515. For lodging information, call 800-782-2775.

 

Ritchie County Fair and Exposition: July 31 – Aug. 3, Harrisville

Attractions and activities include: Quilt & Needlework Display, 4-H exhibits, food vendors, CEOS Display, commercial exhibits, crafts, Horseradish Pickle contest, bingo, vegetable and flower exhibits, carnival rides, classic iron exhibits, antique cars, antique engines, photo contest, livestock exhibits, local artists, Family Fun Zone, live musical entertainment, and fireworks. There will also be Championship Bull Riding on Friday and Saturday nights. Taking the stage on Saturday night is world famous Confederate Railroad! For additional information, call 304-643-5200 or visit http://www.ritchiecountyfair.com.

 

Millennium Quilters 2013 Quilt Show and One Stop Shop Hop: Aug. 2-3, Bridgeport Conference Center

This show will feature over 125 quilts judged by an NQA (National Quilters Association) certified judge, vendors, raffle quilt, fat quarter basket raffle, silent auction, Millennium Quilted Village, hourly door prizes, Quilts of Valor presentation and a boutique. Mailed quilts will be accepted. Admission is $5 (cash only), but vendors will accept other forms of payment. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit http://www.millenniumquilters.net  for more information or entry forms or call 304-842-4960 or 304-629-6435.

 

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862: Aug. 3-4, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry

Join the members of the park's artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. Firing demonstrations will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Park entrance fee is $10 per vehicle for three days or $5 per person on foot or bicycle. Visit http://www.nps.gov/hafe or call 304-535-6063 or 304-535-6298 for additional information. 

Contact Information

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