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 8-21

6/25/2013
47th Annual Pioneer Days: July 10-14, Marlinton
Activities and attractions include: crafts, carnival, food, flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, Western comedy drama, contests, antique car show, truck and tractor pull, mud bog, wagon rides, live musical entertainment, frog, toad and turtle race, exhibits, demonstrations, and much more! Visit http://www.pocahontascountywv.com or call 800-336-7009 or 304-799-4452 for additional information.

West Virginia State HOG Rally: July 10-14, Snowshoe
Snowshoe welcomes back the West Virginia Harley Owners Group. There is lot's to celebrate with the 20th Anniversary of WV HOG, 30th Anniversary of HOG, and the big 110 for Harley Davidson! Enjoy four days and nights of motorcycle riding, fun events and socializing with like-minded Harley enthusiasts. Call 877-441-4386 or visit www.snowshoemtn.com for more information.

Bridgeport Benedum Festival: July 12-13, various locations in Bridgeport
The Bridgeport Benedum Festival is held annually in honor of "The Great Wildcatter" Michael Late Benedum. This year’s festival will include a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Participate in classic fair games to earn tickets and exchange them for your choice of prizes. Activities and attractions include: pet parade, live music, fishing derby, 5K run, talent show, car show, games and inflatables, Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Quiz Bowl, and bingo. We're putting a new spin on our festival by incorporating an Oil & Gas Expo into the event. The Oil & Gas producers will submit five-man teams – their "Roughnecks," if you will – to compete against teams in challenges such as archery tag, sled pull, tug-o-war, mechanical bull competition and more. For more information, call 304-842-8240 or visit http://www.bridgeportbenedumfestival.com.

Follansbee Community Days: July 12-14, Follansbee
There will be a kick-off celebration at Follansbee Park, on Sunday before the Festival, offering free food and admission to the city’s swimming pool and games for children. The Follansbee Community Days Derby, a soapbox-style race, will be held on July 7. The 5K Race will be held on July 11th on Highland Hills. A community day parade will take place on July 13th at 1p.m. Activities on July 14 include a car cruise, Dance Studios, Bocci Tournament, bands and fireworks. Groups scheduled to perform include: Pittsburgh Doo Wop, The Marcels, Refugee, Stevie Breen, The Joseph Sisters, Vince Villanova, Joel Smith, the Driftin Hoopie Experience, Shout: Legends of Soul, Legend and Rag doll, a Frankie Valli and Four Seasons tribute Band. Dates and times are still being finalized. Visit http://www.topofwv.com or call 877-723-7114 for additional information.

5th Annual Hillbilly Daylilies Bloomin Bash: July 13, Bunker Hill
Visit and enjoy garden workshops, kid’s activities, Bluegrass music, food, vendors, antique tractors and steam engine¬¬--plus thousands of daylilies in peak bloom and much more! Call 304-229-6698 or visit http://hillbillydaylilies.com for more information.

New Deal Festival: July 13, Arthurdale
Step back in time for a day of fun at this quaint, 1930s style festival celebrating the history of the first New Deal Homestead Community, designed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Tour the historic community in a horse-drawn wagon, stop by the antique car and tractor show, see artisan demonstrations, and stroll the crafts market. The festival also features delicious food, live music, historical activities for children, hay rides, farm petting zoo, and much more! Admission is $8 per adult, $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for those 5 and under. Visit http://www.newdealfestival.org or call 304-864-3959 for additional information.

Point Pleasant River Museum Car and Bike Show: July 13, Main Street, Point Pleasant
Join in the fun at our 5th Annual Car and Bike Show. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and the show is noon until 4 p.m. The registration fee is $10 per vehicle. Trophies will be presented in three classes including: 1984 and older vehicles, 1985 and newer, motorcycle, and motorized. Additional activities and attractions include food and drinks for purchasing, music, awards, 50/50 drawing, great door prizes, and raffle. The River Museum will be open with regular admission fees. For more information, call 304-674-0144 or visit http://www.pprivermuseum.com.

28th Annual Scenic Mountain Triathlon: July 14, Richwood
Come join in a weekend of fun and excitement as we play host to West Virginia's oldest triathlon! Swim, bike, run and conquer in the beautiful Monongahela National Forest. The entire race is held in the Monongahela National Forest. The race starts with a .5-mile swim in chilly Summit Lake. Next is a 17.1-mile bike ride over 3,988 feet Kennison Mountain to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. The race concludes with a 6.2-mile run down to the Cranberry Glades and back to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center for the finish. This is a spectator-friendly race with lots of food and fun for everyone. The entry fee entitles you to a free T-shirt (must be pre-registered to be guaranteed a T-shirt), free admission to Saturday’s Pre-race Pasta Dinner and free access to Sunday’s Post-race Cookout. Awards are given for numerous age groups, sexes and teams. To register online, go to http://www.active.com and search for “Scenic Mountain” or “Richwood” to access the link to the registration page. Call 304-846-6790 or visit http://www.scenicmountaintriathlon.com/ for additional information.

41st Annual West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition: July 16-20, Fairgrounds
The fair features: 4-H exhibits, contests, professional entertainment, ATV track and mud bog events, livestock exhibits, pet parade, carnival and much more. Visit http://www.wvinterstatefair.org or call 304-489-1301 for additional information.

45th Annual Blue-Gray Shrine Horse Show: July 18-20, Bluefield City Park, Bluefield
Riders from all over the East Coast compete for the coveted Blue Ribbons at this annual 3-day Equine event! Divisions include American Saddlebred, Racking Horses, Miniature, Hackney, Academy, Spotted, Ambling and Western Pleasure. Visit http://www.bluefieldshrine.org or call 304-325-8438 for more information.

22nd Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off: July 19-20, Snowshoe
Things are going to heat up at Snowshoe during the 22nd Annual Chili Cook-off. Cooks will vie for cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights, plus the chance to represent Snowshoe at the World Chili Cook-off Championship. There's no better recipe for family fun than to enjoy two-days of great food, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, crazy games and cool mountain temperatures! Call 877-441-4386 or visit www.snowshoemtn.com for more information.

Glass Fest: July 19-21, Appalachian Glass, Weston
Come celebrate West Virginia’s Glass heritage! Activities and attractions include glass blowing, etching, sand blasting, food vendors and much more! Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For additional information, visit http://www.appglass.com or call 304-269-1030.

International Sports Jamboree: July 19-21, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Through the sponsorship of dedicated volunteers, this event engages physically challenged youth from throughout the U.S. and Canada in the field of recreation. Contact Fran Nutter at 304-623-3148 for more information.

Mountain Lakes Festival: July 19-21, Sutton
The 5th Annual Mountain Lakes Festival has something to offer everyone. Activities and attractions include: “That Dam Race,” 5K walk/run, water ski show, Sutton Dam tours, “Anything That Floats But A Boat” contest, vendors, music, food, and much more. Visit http://www.mountainlakesfestial.com or call 304-765-6533 for more information.

Alpine Lake Bluegrass Festival: July 20, Alpine Lake Boathouse, Terra Alta
Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy an afternoon and evening filled with great Bluegrass music! Bands include: Grass Stains, Rachel Burge and Blue Dawning, Mama Corn, Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys and Hillbilly Gypsies. Each band will play two 45-minute sets. There will also be crafts, food and drinks for purchasing. Shelter will be provided from the sun and rain. Hours are 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. For additional information, call 800-752-7179 or 304-789-2481 or visit http://www.alpinelake.com.

Droop Mountain 150th Anniversary Hike #2: July 20, Hillsboro
Help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Droop Mountain Battlefield by hiking the same trails/paths that soldiers did in 1863. The hike is 3½ miles through fields and woodland, and an 800-foot elevation change with steep grades and obstructions. This is part of the Calvin W. Price Enrichment Series in celebration of life in Appalachia and the Sesquicentennial of West Virginia. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for additional information, call 304-653-4254 or visit http://www.droopmountainbattlefield.com/events/html.

Lost River Classic: July 20, Mathias
The Lost River Classic is an official USA Cycling Sanctioned Points Race for amateur and professionally ranked cyclists. It is a challenging 10.5-mile loop on West Virginia country roads with two significant climbs, two sweeping downhills, several rollers, and a steep climb to the finish at the Jenkins UM Church. No race will finish with a full field. For race regulations, visit http://www.ncvc.net/lostriver/Wiki%20Pages/Home.aspx. For additional information, call Audrey Kawano Taucher at 202-547-8884 or email lostriver@ncvc.net.

West Virginia State Farm Museum Tractor Show and Games: July 20, Point Pleasant
Beginning at 8 a.m., enjoy a fun-filled day of remembering the heritage of farm life. There will be seven categories of rides and equipment used outside the farm home on exhibit. They include: First Class-Antique Tractors; Second Class-1960 and Newer Generation; Third Class-Riding Lawnmowers; Fourth Class-Walk-behind Class which includes 2 wheel or garden tractors; Fifth Class-Kids Pedal Tractor; Sixth Class-Toy Tractor and Machinery; and Seventh Class-Miscellaneous (anything not covered in the first six classes). Games include races (one is the blindfold race), obstacle courses, egg game, golf ball game, kiddie tractor pulls and more! Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is no entry fee or judging. The Country Store and Country Kitchen will be open with regular admission fee. Call 304-882-2422 or 304-675-5757 or visit http://www.wvfarmmuseum.org for more information.

Cowen Historical Railroad Festival: July 20-28, Cowen
The Festival is held annually the last full week of July at various locations in Cowen. Activities and attractions include: pageants, live entertainment, pig roast, contests for children and adults, and much more. A craft show, grand feature parade, car show and other main events will be on Saturday, July 27. The Train Show is held July 26-28. For more information, call Tabitha or Brad Williams at 304-226-5682.

Irish Road Bowling: July 21, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
This ancient game has been played for more than 300 years on the rural country roads in Ireland. Known as Irish Long Bullets, this sport is for men and women of all ages from 9 to 90 and is extremely easy to learn while being highly competitive. Gravity is your friend on this mostly downhill roll through the woods with rocky cliffs alongside. This shaded course will be cool in the hot summer time and great for beginners. Contact Road Master Mary Wolfe at 304-258-4958 or mwolfe4@frontier.com.  

Contact Information

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