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 June 24 – July 7

6/10/2013
Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta 2013: June 27-29, Riverfront Park, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, Point Pleasant
This festival was designed to pay tribute to the river and attracts attention from throughout the region and other states. The festival features a variety of free activities aimed at families. Each year we host a tribute music act along with Nashville performers and various local and regional acts. This year, the Nashville performers will be Chris Janson and Charlie Worsham. Opening for Chris Janson will be Chase Likens and Sarah Davidson will open for Charlie Worsham. The Devonshires will be on the main stage on Friday, June 28. The band is made-up of an all-star cast of brothers/musicians, each a legend in their own right. Additional activities and attractions include a pet contest, pageants, car show, cornhole tournament, Pleasant Valley Hospital (PVH) 5K River Run, kid’s day, line throw, and fireworks. For more information, call 304-593-2404 or visit http://www.pointpleasantregatta.org.

Ohio Valley Rib and Chicken Cook-off: June 28-30, Heritage Port, Wheeling
This year's festival promises to be the best yet. Lip smacking, finger licking ribs and moist juicy chicken are at the top of the agenda. Other summertime favorites include freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, hot dogs, roasted corn and ice-cold beer in the beer garden. And don’t forget the many craft vendors selling wares beginning at noon on Friday and Saturday, along with informational booths. Free music and entertainment starts at 3 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. both days. Additional activities and attractions will include music with different bands performing country oldies and rock, and amusement rides for the little ones. For more information, call 740-695-3639 or visit http://www.ovribcookoff.com.

Little Levels Heritage Fair and Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration: June 28-30, Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and Grounds, Hillsboro
Join us and see what life was like in Little Levels decades ago. This three-day event is packed with old time music, great kid’s games and a grand parade. Other attractions and activities include: barbeque pig roast, arts and crafts, live bluegrass music, gospel singers, candlelight vespers, croquet tournament, tours of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, book signings and sales, Commemoration of Sesquicentennial of West Virginia Statehood and Civil War Battle of Droop Mountain, and Civil War Living History. For additional information, visit http://www.littlelevelsheritagefair.com or call 800-336-7009 or 304-653-8563.

Shepherdstown Street Fest: June 29, German and Princess Streets, Shepherdstown
This is a festival about all that is unique, artistic, and welcoming in Shepherdstown! It is held on the two blocks of German Street on either side of the town's main intersection at King Street. In addition to the artists and vendors who will be in town specifically to display their wares at Street Fest, the wonderful shops along German and Princess Streets will be open for your enjoyment. Come and visit us for a day filled with fun, music, food and shopping! Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 540-336-4737 or visit http://www.shepherdstownstreetfest.org for more information.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum presents Dessert Theater: June 29, Weston
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum’s “Mystery & Mania Theater Series” is pleased to announce a Dessert Theater show on June 29. “Gumshoes Don't Cry (But Coppers Sometimes Do)” is a murder-mystery musical written and directed by Joey Madia of Seven Stories Theater Company, with music by the company’s New Jersey–based composer, Knight Berman, Jr. This homage to the gangsters and gumshoes of Hollywood’s film noir era is set in Manhattan in 1940. "Gumshoes" follows Private Eye Dirk Manzman and Captain Finian Flanagan O’Callaghan as they try to solve the murders of several prominent businessmen and keep America out of the brewing world war. There will be dessert and a one- hour guided Museum Room tour before the show. The gift shop will be open during the tour. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, visit http://www.talawv.com or call 304-269-5070.

West Virginia Miniature Horse Championship: June 29, Reedsville
The West Virginia Miniature Horse Championship brings together the best miniature horse exhibitors from West Virginia and surrounding state to a premier event that provides the highest level of competition. There is no admission fee, but donations of nonperishable food items are requested. The show starts at 9 a.m. Visit http://www.wvminiaturehorsechampionship.weebly.com or call 304-783-4827 or 304-672-4224 for additional information.

The Greenbrier Classic: July 1-7, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs
The Greenbrier Classic continues to be the definitive golf experience of the year. Join us this year at America's Resort while we celebrate America's birthday and the return of a classic to The Greenbrier. To experience the excitement in person, Weekly Badges have been designed with a wide range of amenities. All badges allow exclusive access to The Greenbrier Classic Concert Series featuring Kenny Chesney on Thursday, July 4 and Aerosmith on Saturday, July 6. You can even pay tribute to your alma mater with an Alumni Badge, where you will experience the feel of a tailgate celebration. Whatever your personal style, we have an experience that's just right for you. To learn more about other badge types or for additional information, visit http://www.greenbrierclassic.com or call 304-536-5322 or 877-322-2870.

50th Annual Mountain State Art and Craft Fair: July 4-6, Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley
More than 150 of the Appalachian region’s best artisans will be on hand to sell and demonstrate a wide variety of artisan products ranging from wood, glass, metal, one-of-a-kind clothing, fine art and much more. Each day the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair presents a wide variety of musical and other forms of traditional Appalachian entertainment at multiple locations on the fairgrounds throughout the day. Families can enjoy a wide variety of activities from interactive artisan booths, storytelling and drawing workshops for children, our authentic cornmeal grinding mill and working sawmill, and much more. The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will offers guests a wide variety of food choices, to enjoy at the fair or to take home. Begin your day with regional favorites like piping hot buckwheat cakes or homemade sausage gravy. Later, enjoy West Virginia BBQ, FFA roasted corn ears or traditional beans and cornbread. Afternoon treats include apple dumplings, blackberry cobbler, homemade ice cream and kettle corn. Shop Marketplace and bring the flavor of the fair home for you or as a gift for someone special. From homemade salsa, chutneys and West Virginia honey to specialty mustards, sauces and mixes made by the state’s culinary artists, Marketplace offers many delectable choices. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Visit http://www.msacf.com or call 304-372-3247 for more information.

West Virginia Freedom Festival: July 4-6, Logan
Activities and attractions include: wrestling, “Barney of Mayberry”, magic and illusions show, car show, motorcycle stunt show, food/craft/art vendors, bands including a Kiss Tribute Band, talent show, animal show, Kid Bucks Game Show, Circus and Thrills Show, and two firework shows. Freedom Festival Pageant will be held prior to the festival on June 22. For additional information, call 304-752-4044 or visit us on http://www.facebook.com/WVFreedomFestival.

Cornstalk’s Raid—250th Commemoration History Alive: July 6, Sandstone Visitor’s Center, Hinton
In West Virginia, the year 2013 will be marked by numerous commemorative events highlighting the year 1863. This special commemoration is fitting, for the American Civil War brought about great changes to our Nation, not the least of which was the federal recognition and creation of West Virginia as the 35th state. Subsumed in the 150th birth year celebration is another anniversary of no less importance and perhaps with even greater impact on the future course of history in the region that one hundred years later became “The Mountain State.” That is the 250th anniversary of Shawnee Warrior Cornstalk’s Raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region. Cornstalk burst onto the scene of recorded history in 1763 when, against the British colony of Virginia, he conducted a military campaign that was arguably one of the most successful campaigns of Pontiac’s War. Activities begin at 10 a.m. Call 304-466-2805 or visit http://www.bluestonesp.com for more information.

Contact Information

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