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 Sept. 2-15

8/20/2013
Pennsboro Country Roads Festival: Sept. 5-7, Pennsboro
Pennsboro is the place to be Sept. 5-7. The theme for this year's festival is "Picture Perfect." Activities and attractions include: children’s pageant, musical entertainment, photo contest, car show, food vendors, carnival rides, zip lines, bungee jumping, diaper derby, 5K race/walk, parade, cake walk, hot dog eating contest, talent show, treasure hunt and much more! Call 304-299-0101 or email crfpdirector@yahoo.com for additional information.

15th Annual Ribfest BBQ Festival: Sept. 5-8, South Charleston
The 15th Annual Ribfest will feature world-class and award-winning barbecue rib teams from around the country. They will be serving the best BBQ ribs, chicken, and sauces along with lots of other great foods and desserts. Additionally, there will be carnival rides, nightly entertainment, arts and crafts, various vendors, eating contests, amateur rib cook-off, and much more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 304-444-2921 or visit http://www.charlestonwvribfest.com.  

Poor Farm Festival 2013: Sept. 6-7, Greenbrier County Poor Farm, Williamsburg
This year we'll rock the mountain with a great combination of national, regional and local bands. Headliners include: Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dirk Quinn, Normal Bean Band with Tom Constanten of The Grateful Dead, Food Will Win the War of NYC, and The Weight from Greenbrier County. For the complete schedule, prices, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.poorfarmfest.com. Tickets may also be purchased at Neathawk Lumber in Lewisburg. For other information before the festival, email questions to cbstephens23@aol.com or poorfarmwv@gmail.com or text to 781-771-4275.

Hampshire Heritage Fest: Sept. 6-8, throughout Romney
We celebrate our heritage every September with civil war re-enactors (with real cannons), living portrayals of various historical periods, and a wide variety of musical talent. The Women’s Club play and variety show will take place on Thursday and Friday in the WV Deaf and Blind School’s multipurpose room. This variety show is TV-themed with local acts and plenty of comedy. Admission to the show is $5 per person. Hampshire Heritage Fest is proud to be hosting the Lumberjack Championship on Saturday, Sept. 7 beginning at 12:30 p.m. For more information about the Lumberjack Championship, call 304-822-3647. For those looking for unique and original gift ideas, a wide variety of juried and non-juried crafters, both local and from surrounding states, will be on hand displaying and selling their wares. Food vendors, crafters, bands, and inflatables will be located at First National Bank on North High Street. Many new events are being planned for this year’s festival, along with the traditional favorites. Call 304-822-3647 or visit http://www.hampshireheritagefest.com for the schedule and additional information.

Pickin’ in the Panhandle-The WV State BBQ and Bluegrass Festival: Sept. 6-8, Shiley Acres, Inwood
Pickin’ in the Panhandle celebrates the best of barbecue, bluegrass and country music, and family fun. Shiley Acres will be filled with the sound of music, mixed with the smell of mouth-watering BBQ. Additional food vendors and arts and crafts vendors will be offering their goods for purchasing. Do a little pickin’ of your own, or just sit back and enjoy some of the best musical acts from our region and beyond! Guest entertainers include Kellie Pickler, Marty Raybon and the Davisson Brothers. For more information, call 304-264-8801 or visit http://www.panhandlepickin.com.

3rd Annual Heritage Farm Museum and Village Cast Iron Cook-off and Antique Car Display: Sept. 7, Huntington
Please join us for our 3rd Annual Cast Iron Cook-Off where you can sample mouthwatering food that has been prepared by individuals who cook on a stove/hot plate/crockpot or who cook over a wood fire. The winners (as chosen by a panel of judges) in these two categories will receive $150. The team's dish that will be judged must be prepared in cast iron cookware. There will also be a People’s Choice Award of $75. Admission price is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-12. Admission fee includes entrance into three of our award-winning museums, a chance to take a wagon ride around the farm, children’s activities in our petting zoo and Hands-On Museum, the availability of purchasing lunch from Huntington’s own River and Rail Bakery, food sampling and a blacksmithing demonstration. If you are looking to compete, please visit http://www.heritagefarmmuseum.com for the registration form and details or call our office at 304-522-1244 to register. A reservation fee of $15 is required and will be refunded to participants the day of the event. The competition will be limited to the first 8 who register in the stove/hot plate/crockpot category and the first four who register in the wood fire category. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

20th Annual West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival: Sept. 7-8, Camp Muffly, 4-H Camp Road, Morgantown
The West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival will be held at Camp Muffly on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $20 per person per day and includes a wine glass and wine tasting (21 and over). As well as wine and jazz, there will be great food and artisans exhibits. For more information and a complete list of wineries, bands, restaurants and artisans, please visit http://www.wvwineandjazz.com or call 877-989-4637.

11th Annual Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival: Sept. 12-14, Wheeling
“Return to the River” and join in the excitement with three days of summer fun! Activities and attractions include great entertainment, food, live bands, kid's area, plenty of parking, boats, cornhole tournament, fireworks and more! For additional information, visit http://www.sternwheeling.org/index.html or call 740-676-6098.

44th Nicholas County Potato Festival: Sept. 13-14, downtown Summersville
Each year, hundreds of people flock to Summersville to celebrate potato farming, which is a significant part of Nicholas County's heritage. Activities and attractions include: agricultural displays, potato auction, amusement rides, food, arts and crafts, entertainment, pet pageant, parade, car show, and games. Visit http://www.nicholascountypotatofestival.com or call 866-716-0448 for additional information.

25th Annual Legacy of Mary Ingles-18th Century Living History Education Encampment: Sept. 13-15, Beech Fork State Park, Barboursville
The Legacy of Mary Ingles is an 18th century living history weekend that introduces visitors and guests to life and the ways of our pioneering ancestors through demonstrations, and the portrayal of life in 1755 that Mary Ingles lived and encountered. For additional information, call 304-528-5794 or visit http://www.beechforksp.com.  

2nd Annual Coal Dust 5K Run/Walk: Sept. 14, downtown Williamson
This unique race celebrates the mining heritage and history of the Tug Valley and West Virginia. Participants will follow a downtown course covering 3.1 miles, and throughout the race will be doused from head to toe in "coal dust." There are only three rules for this event and they are: wear white, have fun, and finish looking like a coal miner! The race begins at 7 p.m. For more information and to pre-register, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tugvalley or call 304-235-5240. 

Contact Information

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