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. 20 – Sept. 19

8/13/2012
16th Annual Appalachian Festival: Aug. 24-26, Beckley
The Appalachian Festival is a compilation of multiple three-day events held throughout Raleigh County featuring the Appalachian Arts & Crafts Fair. Festival activities also include artist demonstrations, craft demonstrations, coal mine tours, live musical entertainment, food vendors, farmers market, traditional Appalachian stories and songs, quilts show, make-and-take workshop, Appalachian Story Telling Contest, ghost tours, Oldies Car Show and gospel singing. Also featured is The Taste of Appalachia, a block party that showcases the flavor and music of Appalachia in Beckley’s Historic District. Taste local cuisine sold by local restaurants and organizations and listen to live musical groups. For additional information, visit http://www.appalachianfestival.net or contact 304-252-7328 or 877-987-3847.

4th Annual Timberline Motorcycle Rally: Aug. 25, Timberline Four Seasons Resort, Canaan Valley
The rally will include motorcycle rides into The Allegheny Mountains and its Eastern Continental Divide, night parties with live biker bands, DJ/karaoke parties, vendors, a variety of biker games, motorcycle shows, and prizes. Join the late night party with dancing under the stars on the ski lodge deck. Scenic chairlift rides to the summit of Herz Mountain, at 4,326 feet elevation, mountain biking center, zip line, miniature golf, horse stables will be available all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Timbers Pub and Fireside Grill will be open late each day. For hotel reservations, contact 800-766-9464 and receive a 15 percent discount if reserved by July 31. For resort vacation home or condominium rentals, call Timberline Resort Realty at 866-438-7259 or visit www.t4sr.com or visit http://www.timberlineresort.com for additional information.

32nd West Virginia State Honey Festival: Aug. 25-26, Parkersburg City Park, Parkersburg
From great food and entertainment, to our many crafters as well as our educational exhibits and activities related to honey and the honey bee, the West Virginia State Honey Festival offers a little something for everyone. Visit http://www.wvhoneyfestival.org or email wvhoneyfestival@suddenlink.net for additional information.

Tribute to the River/National Maritime Days of Celebration: Aug. 31- Sept. 1, Point Pleasant
The tribute to the River will take place at the Riverfront Park behind the floodwall at Fourth and Main Streets. Activities include exhibits, boat rides, line throw, corn hole and other children’s games, food, entertainment and Sternwheel Boat Parade. The River Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Hours for Friday are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, contact 304-674-0144 or visit http://www.pprivermuseum.com.

7th Vintage Raceboat Regatta: Aug. 31 – Sept.2, Heritage Port, Wheeling
The Regatta opens on Friday with race boat registration day. Everyone is invited to welcome the boats and crews to Wheeling and visit the pits for autographs and photographs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Official Regatta activities kick off on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. with opening ceremonies. The first heats of race boats take to the water at 10 a.m. and heats continue throughout the day. The vintage boats participating in the regatta were constructed between the 1920s and 1986 and are made mostly of wood. Demonstrations by the Wheeling Police Department K-9 Unit will take place at noon, followed by remote-controlled airplane and remote-controlled hydroplane shows and live music by Loretta and Ellie. Food and craft vendors are present and there are many activities for kids and families. At 1:30 p.m., boat races of a different type take place on the Ohio River as boats constructed by the Sea Quest Kids program take to the water. Many other activities will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.wheelingvintageregatta.com or contact 304-233-4738 or email admin@wheelingvintageregatta.com

Jackson’s Mill Jubilee: Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, Weston
This three day activity-packed festival takes place annually over Labor Day Weekend in the heart of West Virginia. Over 100 vendors gather to display handmade items ranging from pottery to musical instruments. Activities include premium arts and craft vendors, historical buckskinner encampment, spectacular food, heritage, evening concerts Friday and Saturday, vintage car show, handwork exhibition, photography show, antique show and sale and a book sale celebrating West Virginian talent! For the young and young at heart, ride the fire truck, blow some HUGE bubbles, get your face painted or visit the sidewalk chalk zone for great fun. Visit http://www.stonewallcountry.com or contact 800-296-7329 for more information.

Jane Lew’s Firemen’s Arts & Crafts Festival: Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, Jane Lew
More than 200 talented crafters gather to exhibit their works. The crafter's products include glass, wood, leather, dolls, dried & silk flowers, baskets, ceramics, soaps, candles, painting, candy, honey, jams & jellies and much more. Food vendors are also available. For additional information, contact 304-457-3097 or 800-296-7329 or visit http://www.stonewallcountry.com.

West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival: Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, Clarksburg
The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival offers events, authentic Italian cuisine and "fun and games" for people of all ages. Some activities are a Morra Contest, Bocce Tournament, Meatball Eating Contest, and a Homemade Wine Contest. A special "children's" area and stage has been added over the years, 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. Entertainers include Jay and the Americans, Moreno Fruzzetti, Will & Anthony, and The Steve Augeri Band, featuring the former lead singer of Journey for nearly a decade and many more. Contact 304-622-7314 or visit http://www.wvihf.com for more information.

Charleston Distance Run: Sept. 1, Laidley Field, Charleston
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 15-miler and the 20th anniversary of the 5K. In addition, there is a three-person, 15-mile relay and 5K and 10K walks. America’s only 15-mile race is run on a scenic but challenging course that starts at the state Capitol, takes runners through downtown, rolls through hillside neighborhoods, along the riverfront and finishes at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field. Contact 304-345-5433 or visit http://www.charlestondistancerun.com for more information.

Aunt Jennie's Music Festival: Sept.1 -2, Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre, Chief Logan State Park, Logan
Annual Aunt Jennie's Music Festival takes place at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre in Chief Logan State Park and features live music from numerous bands and singers. Hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Visit http://www.chiefloganstatepark.com or contact 304-792-7229 for more information.

WV Monarch Butterfly Festival: Sept. 1-2, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Centered on conservation efforts, this festival features live butterflies and caterpillars, guest speakers, arts and crafts, and educational programs. For more information, contact Heather Tokas at 304-737-4411 or email wvbutterflies@gmail.com. For reservations at North Bend State Park, contact 304-643-2931.

Rowlesburg Labor Day Weekend Festival: Sept. 1-3, Rowlesburg Community Park, Rowlesburg
There is something exciting happening every day at this three-day festival. Activities include inflatables, fireman’s parade, bike racing, caboose and monster truck rides, tours to Cannon Hill, Civil War exhibits, WWII exhibits, Depot exhibits, huge model train show, outdoor mountain and river festival, all-day live country music, ox roast, antique and classic car show and fireworks! Visit http://www.rowlesburgguide.com or contact 304-454-2441 for additional information.

Cacapon Homecoming: Sept. 2, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
Come home to Cacapon and join in the festivities with the Cacapon State Park Foundation this Labor Day Weekend with multiple local performers and bands playing and singing rock, country, bluegrass and blues; food, door prizes, silent auction, and lots of FUN! Hours are 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact 304-258-1022 ext. 5209 or visit http://www.cacaponresort.com.

Contact Information

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