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 May 28 ­- June 10

5/22/2012

5th Annual Rhythm, Blues & All That Jazz Weekend: May 31 ­ June 2, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg

This jam-packed event features some of the best jazz and blues artists you can find anywhere. Skip work and head to Carnegie Hall Thursday evening for a free kick-off concert outside on our Ivy Terrace. Bring food and drink for the perfect summer evening picnic. Spend Friday sightseeing and shopping in our picturesque town, but report back to the Hall that evening for a night of award-winning jazz from the Grace Kelly Quintet. Saturday is a full-day event featuring blues artists throughout the afternoon and ending with a performance by Shane Dwight. Come and go as you please, step into our own Back Alley Lounge for wine and beer, or grab some of the best barbecue you¹ll ever taste on the lawn. Come once and you¹ll make Rhythm, Blues and All That Jazz a yearly retreat! Contact 304-645-7917 or visit http://www.carnegiehallwv.org for additional information.

Blue & Gray Reunion: May 31 ­ June 3, Philippi

You can relive the year 1861, when the first land battle of the Civil War was fought. Re-enactors will highlight important moments in our history. Civil War campsites will be erected for the public to enjoy. Other activities will include artillery, little soldiers' battles, amputation re-enactment, parades, crafts, a Civil War ball, 5k Run, a Quilt Show at Mountain Treasures and food everywhere. Friday, June 1 is Kids' Day. Along with the normal activities, there will be living history stations with Abe and Mrs. Lincoln, nurses, quilting, cooking, music, games, General Lee, courtroom proceedings and more. A fireworks display will take place after the parade on Friday evening. The re-enactment of the first land battle of the Civil War will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. Following the battle, a re-enactment of the historic Hanger amputation will take place in sutler row. A discussion of commonly used Civil War medical practices will also take place. There will be a medical display including a federal doctor's field kit, repro medical supplies, commonly used herbal remedies, photos and other medical artifacts. Visit http://www.philippi.org/citysite or contact 304-457-2368. 

The Ransom of Red Chief: June 1-3, Towngate Theatre, Wheeling

A kidnapped young boy turns the tables on his dimwitted abductors, giving them far more than they bargained for and leaving everyone to question who the "victim" really is. The play is based on O. Henry's short story. Performance times are 7p.m. June 1 and 2 p.m. June 2-3. Tickets are $8 per person. Visit www.oionline.com/theatre/index.htm or contact 888-696-4283 for additional information.

12th Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon: June 2, Masontown and Morgantown

A mostly downhill course, the Deckers Creek Trail has an elevation drop of approximately 800 feet over the span of the 13.1 mile distance. The Deckers Creek Trail is a two-surface course, providing a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for runners. The trail surface is packed limestone for the first 10.4 miles and asphalt for the final 2.7 miles. The half-marathon begins in Masontown and finishes at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown. There will be seven water stops along the way. Start times are 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. There will be no race-day registration. The $45 registration fee must be received by May 23 and includes bus transportation to race start, T-shirt, finish line refreshments and live music. For more information, visit www.montrails.org or contact 304-296-6185.

Elk River Challenge: June 2, Clay County High School, Clay

The race begins and ends at Clay County High School on W.Va. Rt. 16 South. The first leg is by boat for approximately 5 miles, the second leg by bike for approximately 15 miles and the last leg by running approximately 3 miles. Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt and barbecue dinner. There will be men¹s, women¹s and co-ed teams. Visit http://www.elkriverpedalandpaddle.com or contact 304-587-4455 or email welldunn44@suddenlink.net for additional information.

North Mountain Arts Festival: June 2, Hedgesville

The North Mountain Arts Festival is a free outdoor event featuring local and regional juried artists and craftsmen. The diversity of participants makes the festival a premier event in West Virginia¹s Eastern Panhandle. The festival will feature jewelry, pottery, woodworking, fused and stained glass, photography, quilting and live island-acoustic music provided by Souky from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.NorthMountainArts.com or contact 304-754-5727. 

Tamarack's Appalachian Music & Art Festival: June 2, Beckley

Each year on the Saturday after Memorial Day, Tamarack puts on a full day of distinctly Appalachian music and art. From bluegrass to blues, from blacksmithing to jewelry, we've got you covered ... And it's all FREE!! Artisans you will see at the festival will be Mark Schwenk, blacksmith; Stephanie Danz, stained glass; Zendik Arts, eco beads; Ginger Danz, fine art; Rick Rio, jewelry; Allen and Ronnie Hamrick, Native American flutes and pipes; and Christine Keller, wire wrap jewelry and much more. Performers and performance times include: Wild Rumpus at noon, Aurora Celtic at 1 p.m., Raleigh County Ramblers at 2 p.m., Kathleen Coffee at 3 p.m., The Boatmen at 4 p.m., Andy Park and the Kountry Katz at 5 p.m., Shayar at 6 p.m., and Option 22 at 7 p.m. Visit http://www.tamarackwv.com or contact 888-262-7225 for more information. 

Wine and Roses Package: June 2, Elkins

Taste the wines of West Virginia on this four-hour trip to the High Falls of Cheat. Back at the Depot, a romantic dinner with live jazz awaits at the Railyard Restaurant. Ticket prices include on-board tasting and dinner at the Railyard Restaurant after the trip. The train departs at 3 p.m. and dinner is 7:30 p.m. Visit http://www.mountainrail.com or contact 877-686-7245 for reservations and additional information. 

WV R.A.V.E. Bike Tour: June 2, Camp Caesar, Rt. 20, Upperglade

Join us for our annual scenic bike tour along the scenic Williams River, through the Monongahela National Forest's breathtaking views and astounding climbs! Five routes are offered, so everyone from beginner to the most avid cyclist will be challenged. All cyclists begin and end at Camp Caesar 4-H Camp on W.Va. Rt. 20 located between Upperglade and Bolair. Start time is 8 a.m. For lodging packages, call Betsy Morris, Camp Caesar Director at 304-226-3888 or visit http://www.campcaesar@frontiernet.net for more information. For additional lodging, contact Mineral Springs Motel, Webster Springs, at 304-847-5305. Visit http://www.iplayoutside.com/Events/2012/06/13898.html for more information. To pre-register, visit http://www.raceit.com.

Eastern Woodland Indian Gathering & Trade Faire: June 2-3, Fort Randolph at Krodel Park, Point Pleasant

Native re-enactors will entertain you with presentations, portrayals and demonstrations. Workshops will be held on proper clothing of the period and life skills of Native Americans in the region. Vendors will be on hand with period merchandise. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Contact 304-675-7933 or visit http://www.fortrandolph.org for additional information. 

Julia-Ann Square Historic District's Victorian Home and Garden Tour & Tea: June 2-3, Parkersburg

Enjoy a Victorian afternoon visiting the 'secret gardens' of Julia-Ann Square District. Guests will also tour the first floors of some of the historic homes. All homes and gardens are within walking distance and free parking is available. There will be a plant sale and demonstrations by Master Gardners. The self-guided tours will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. A dessert tea will be included. The cost is $15. Children 10 and under will be admitted free with an adult. Contact 304-422-9861 or visit http://www.juliannsquare.org.

Mountain Quilt Quest -- "A Quilter's Village": June 6-9, throughout West Virginia

Join us for a winding adventure through the hills of West Virginia. This 4-day event filled with fabric, fun and prizes will indulge your love of quilting while you enjoy the natural beauty of our state. Each of the 11 quilt shops will have a different pattern and fabric kit. When you have collected all 11 kits you will be able to create a wonderful quilt as a memory of your journey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit http://www.mountainquiltquest.com or email sneedsvac@suddenlinkmail.com or contact 304-744-3670.

Capitol City Biker Bash: June 7-9, downtown Charleston

This will be the first 'all bike' rally in Charleston. All types and brands of bikes are invited to attend and participate in the bash. Whether you own your own motorcycle or just enjoy cycles, all are welcome. Registration is $15 for 3 days. Ride hard and end your nights at our block party with some cold beverages, vendors, DJ, parade, shuttle service to Mardi Gras Casino & Resort on Thursday night and live entertainment on the boulevard along the Kanawha River Friday and Saturday nights. Contact 304-741-9393 or email larry@capitolcitybikerbash.com or visit http://www.capitolcitybikerbash.com for additional information.

13th Annual Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival & Marathon: June 8-9, Matewan and Williamson

The Hatfields and McCoys are back at it again but this time they're having fun instead of feuding. The festival features lots of family activities, including music, plays, tours of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud sites, a tug-of-war across the Tug River by descendants of the feuding families; antique show, gun show, great home cooking and lots of additional activities. The Hatfield-McCoy Marathon has something for everyone including a 26.2 mile marathon, 13.1 half-marathon and a kid¹s fun run. The race course covers a variety of terrain and spans two states. It attracts runners from all over the U.S. and foreign countries. Contact 606-625-5092 or 606-257-5026 or email TVRRC@hotmail.com for information concerning the marathon. Visit http://www.hatfieldmccoymarathon.com or http://www.hatfieldmccoycountry.com or contact 304-235-5240 for more information. 

15th Annual Smokin' on the Tygart Chili Cook-off: June 9, Barbour County Courthouse Square, Philippi

Everyone is encouraged to attend and experience this annual event. The day will be filled with entertainment, games, prizes and a Motorcycle Poker Run while chili contestants stir up their favorite chili recipes. A cooks' parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and chili cooking will officially start at noon. Judging of the chili takes place at 3 p.m. with tasting starting at 3:15 p.m. First-, second- and third-place cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: business/restaurant, organizations, and individuals. Games go on throughout the day and include hot pepper eating, frozen T-shirt contest, and a basketball shoot-out. There will also be a Motorcycle Poker Run. Registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Last bike will depart at 10 a.m. Activities for children will include face painting, games, and piñatas. Vendors will be stationed around the Courthouse Square selling a variety of items as well as food. Visit http://www.philippi.org for additional information. Those interested in cooking, needing more information on the poker run or wishing to volunteer for the event can contact the Main Street office at 304-457-3700 ext. 226.

Contact Information

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