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 9-23

5/29/2013
Badlands Bluegrass Festival: June 14-15, Poor Farm Festival Grounds, Williamsburg
Enjoy two full days and nights of bluegrass music, country music and camping fun! The first Poor Farm Fest hosted 13 bands and filled the hills and valleys around Williamsburg with the sounds of the festival. Since that first year, the attendance has grown and so have the number of bands at each of two festivals held annually to provide as much music variety as possible. For additional information, call 781-771-4375 or visit http://www.badlandsbluegrass.com.

Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival: June 14-16, Harpers Ferry
Are you looking for fine arts, crafts, music, wine, and more? Then you have come to the perfect place! Leisurely stroll among the tents as you admire the many crafts, fine arts, and wine. Meet approximately 200 artisans and crafters carefully selected and prejudged, demonstrating and showcasing their work at this nationally acclaimed festival. Enjoy listening to the best live bluegrass music, taste wines from the area's foremost wineries and enjoy the many varieties of food that are available. For more information about our crafters, the entertainment schedule, a map and directions, advanced tickets or a printable coupon for $1 off your admission, visit http://www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or call 304-725-2055.

50th Anniversary Run at Cass Scenic Railroad: June 15, Cass
On June 15, 1963, Cass Scenic Railroad made its first trip operating as a tourist train to Whitaker Station. No. 4 was the locomotive that powered the maiden trip and she’s geared and fired-up to celebrate again! Departure time is 10:30 a.m. Call 304-456-4300 today for reservations. There are 240 tickets available and will be sold in advance. Visit http://www.cassrailroad.com for more information.

Irish Road Bowling: June 15-16, Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Enjoy a two-day two-event road bowling weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Irish bowling is an old Irish sport played by troops in West Virginia during the American Civil War. A 28-ounce iron and steel cannonball, the size of a tennis ball (a "bowl" or "bullet") is hurled down a country lane. The player or team with the fewest shots to the finish line wins. In the highest-elevation valley east of the Mississippi, the open road at Canaan with sweeping curves is an ideal contrast to the boulders and rhododendron thickets at nearby Blackwater Falls. Bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. both days. For more information call Blackwater Falls at 304-259-5216 or Canaan Valley at 800-622-4121. Visit http://www.wvirishroadbowling.com to learn more about this event.

20th Annual West Virginia Coal Festival: June 18-22, Madison
Join us in “A Celebration of Coal and its Heritage.” Activities and attractions include: a carnival, mine equipment displays, Miner’s Memorial Service, gospel concert, karaoke show, food vendors, Coal Museum tours, fireworks, and local and national entertainment. Visit http://www.boonecountywv.org/ for the complete schedule or call 304-369-9118 for additional information.

33rd Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival: June 19-22, Summersville Music Park, Summersville
This musical event offers the best in bluegrass music with over 20 bands scheduled to appear. Camping, food and vendors will be available. Visit http://www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com or call 706-864-7203 for more information.

150 Years: WV Sesquicentennial Celebration: June 20, Independence Hall, Wheeling
Join us for a day-long celebration of West Virginia statehood! Civil War re-enactors, historic speeches, the Wildcat Regiment Band, WV birthday cake and much more! Activities begin at 10 a.m. Call 304-238-1300 or email travis.l.henline@wv.gov or visit http://www.wvculture.org/museum/WVIHmod.html for more information. For information about additional WV Sesquicentennial events, visit http://www.wv150.com.

Civil War Showcase with Cannon Firings and Ladies Tea: June 20, North Bend State Park, Cairo
The Kanawha Artillery Battery D from Saint Marys will portray Union soldiers as they would have appeared in the 14th WV Volunteer Infantry Co. F, as well as, Confederate soldiers under the Kanawha Artillery/Jackson Battery D. Several cannon firings will take place throughout the day, with exhibits of cultural items, period toys, and clothing on display in the lobby. From 11 a.m. until noon, a special ladies’ tea will be hosted by Verna Owens. Discussions will include women’s issues of the day, along with teas and light fare from that era. Afternoon tea will take place on the back deck. In the case of inclement weather, the social will be held in the lobby. For more information, call 304-643-2931 or visit http://www.northbendsp.com.

Summersville’s WV Sesquicentennial Celebration and Official Lighthouse Dedication and Lighting Ceremony: June 20, downtown Summersville and Summersville Lake
Come celebrate the 150th Anniversary of West Virginia’s statehood! Activities and attractions will include: Civil War re-enactors, JR ROTC and the Boy Scouts of America performing a Flag Ceremony; Civil War Encampment; historic portrays of Mary Todd Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, children’s games; costume contest; concessions; special birthday cake; Appalachian dancing; Lighting Dedication Ceremony of the Summersville Lake Lighthouse; performances by Craig Heath followed by the Davisson Brothers and ending the evening with fireworks! Visit http://www.summersvillecvb.com or call 304-872-3722 for more information about the WV Sesquicentennial Celebration. For more information about the Lighthouse Lighting Dedication Ceremony, visit http://www.summersvillelakeretreat.com or call 888-872-5580. For information about additional WV Sesquicentennial events, visit http://www.wv150.com.

15th Annual Marx Toy and Train Collectors National Convention: June 21-22, Wheeling
The Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention was started in 1998 by the Miller Family, owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum. These conventions were meant as a way to preserve the rich history of the Ohio Valley's own Louis Marx & Company, and the many area men and women who made those wonderful toys that were loved by generations! Held in June each year, the Marx Conventions have grown with each passing year. Approximately 100 vendor tables will hold anything and everything related to the Marx Toy Company. Workshops and presentations will also take place. For additional information, call 877-242-8133 or 304-242-8133 or visit http://www.toyandtrain.com.

Happy Birthday, West Virginia: June 20-23, State Capitol, Charleston
Activities include a statewide bell ringing; Sesquicentennial Ceremony; Civil War, the Broadway musical performed by the Charleston Light Opera Guild; performances by the West Virginia Symphony and Appalachian Children’s Chorus; 150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride with Zambelli fireworks; WV150 History and Art parade; free sternwheeler rides; Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-off; vintage car show; outdoor concerts; elements of the Vandalia Gathering; activities for children; history lectures; Civil War re-enactors; West Virginia food and craft vendors; birthday cake and much more. For additional information, contact Chelsea Ruby at 304-558-3176 or email chelsea.a.ruby@wv.gov. For information about additional WV Sesquicentennial events, visit http://www.wv150.com.

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi Cultural Festival: June 21-23, Parkersburg City Park, Parkersburg
Get ready for the coolest thing that happens in Parkersburg! This outdoor, international festival features traditional music and dance, a wide variety of ethnic foods, an international marketplace and children’s activities. “Come to the City Park and take a trip around the world.” The festival is free to the public and celebrates diversity with a smorgasbord of artists and performers. For additional information, call 304-482-7790 or visit http://www.movmcf.org.

Tour De Coal—Rock, Paddle and Roll River Celebration: June 21-23, Tornado
In celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday, the Coal River Groups 9th Annual Tour De Coal paddle event has been extended to a three-day party called the Rock, Paddle and Roll Celebration. On Friday, the weekend starts with a Pre-Tour De Coal Registration Party from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the River Center in Meadowood Park in Tornado. Music will feature a variety of bands and tours of the River Center will be provided by volunteers. On Saturday, the 9th Annual Tour De Coal event will begin at 9 a.m. The eleven-mile float trip starts in Tornado and ends at Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans. On Sunday, the Coal River Group will host the first WV Antique Boat Show in addition to an antique and specialty car show at Meadowood Park. Visit http://www.coalrivergroup.com or call 304-722-3055 for more information.

FestivAll Charleston: June 21-30, various locations throughout Charleston
Charleston’s crown jewel event is 10-days packed with 130 events and 360 performances. It includes visual arts, music, theater, dance and film as well as other cultural and entertainment events in locations all over Charleston. Main events include: Charleston Light Opera Guild's "The Civil War," Mountain Stage, riverboat rides, Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off, Taste-of-ALL Charleston, Dance Gala, Capitol Street Art Fair and Children's Art Fair, The Mayor’s Concert with Kool and the Gang, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Wine & All That Jazz, “Peer to Pier” Murals and the WV150 Celebration at the Capitol. For additional information, visit http://www.festivallcharleston.com or call 304-470-0489.

12th Annual Ranson Festival: June 22, Ranson
This community-wide, outdoor event features local handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, fair type food, pony rides, car/truck/motorcycle show, and much more! In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held indoors at the Ranson Civic Center. Visit http://www.ransonwv.us or call 304-724-3862 for more information.

Contact Information

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