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 Feb. 20 – March 4

2/16/2012
2012 Gardner Winter Music Festival: Feb. 24-25, South Middle School, Morgantown
The festival showcases traditional Appalachian acoustic music performed by musicians from West Virginia and surrounding states. In addition to providing on-stage performances, players also “jam” with each other, teach workshops, share ideas and socialize. Hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. There is also a square dance Saturday at 8 p.m. Visit http://www.facebook.com/winterfest or http://www.gwmf.org or contact 304-276-9019 for more information.

18th Century Firearms and Accoutrements Trade Show: Feb. 24-26, Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont
The public is invited to attend a Muzzleloading and Accoutrements Trade Show featuring artisans who specialize in 18th century firearms including: Indian quillwork, knives and axes, guns and horns, accoutrements, bags and frontier art. Door prizes will be presented throughout the weekend. Public hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Contact 304-363-3030 or visit http://www.prickettsfort.org for more information.

22nd Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting: Feb. 24-26, The Country Inn, Berkeley Springs
The award-winning Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe. It is the largest water-tasting competition in the world. The judging will be Thursday, Feb. 23 and the final tasting will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 25, followed by a reception announcing winners for both bottlers and municipalities. The Saturday evening tasting and reception, billed as black tie/bib overalls optional, is free to the public by invitation from the area's innkeepers. For additional information, visit http://www.berkeleysprings.com or contact 800-447-8797.

The Official Blues Brothers Revue: Feb. 27, Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton
The Official Blues Brothers Revue combines comedy, music and mayhem from the original movie, as well as songs for the five popular albums put out by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. It is a faithful re-creation of the characters, Jake and Elwood, and played with the same soul and conviction of the original Blues Brothers Band. Performance time is 8 p.m. Visit http://www.chuckmathenacenter.org or contact 304-425-5128.

Governor’s Cup Weekend at Timberline: March 2-4, Davis
This is the favorite time of year for many of our skiers to enjoy the high altitude Allegheny Mountains conditions. Music, food and beverages from early until late all weekend will be available at the ski lodge. Make reservations early for slope-side lodging in the upscale Timberline Resort Hotel and Suites. Contact 800-766-9464 or visit www.timberlineresort.com for additional information. For vacation homes or condominiums call 866-438-7259 or visit http://www.t4sr.com.

16th Annual Wheeling Celtic Celebration: March 3, Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling
Tap into your Celtic heritage with a full day of entertainment. Activities include live continuous entertainment, Celtic marketplace, children’s activity area, ethnic foods and the finest Irish and Scottish dancers. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, call 304-232-1810 or visit www.artisancenter.com.

Doo Wop Cavalcade: March 3, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Huntington
What could be more fun than an evening with four all-star legendary Doo Wop artists for an unforgettable evening? Two greats from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame join together with their friends for a magical evening of music and memories beginning at 8 p.m. Performers include The Charlie Thomas Drifters, The Chiffons, Barbara Harris of the Toys and The Coasters. Tickets may be purchased at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office, http://www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. Visit http://www.bigsandyarena.com or contact 304-696-5990 for additional information.

Journey Through Time: The 1811 Voyage of the New-Orleans - The American West’s First Steamboat, March 4, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg
This is the last of five history talks in the 2012 Blennerhassett Winter Lecture Series on a designated Sunday, each beginning at 2 p.m. The epic voyage of the New Orleans, the first steamboat to descend the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, changed the future of American civilization as well as the lives of its passengers and crew. Its voyage was accompanied by the Great Comet of 1811 streaking across the sky and by the New Madrid Earthquake, the greatest ever recorded east of the Mississippi. The winter lectures are held at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. Admission is free, but attendees should register. Donations to the Blennerhassett Historical Foundation for programming services are appreciated. Contact 304-420-4800 or visit http://www.blennerhassettislandhistoricalstatepark.com.

Contact Information

Andrea Bond
304-957-9347
Andrea.B.Bond@wv.gov