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 Oct. 1-14

9/19/2012

Salem Apple Butter Festival: Oct. 4-7, Depot Park, Salem

The Salem Apple Butter Festival provides live demonstrations of old-fashioned apple butter making -- made outdoors in copper kettles suspended over wood fire and canned on the spot for visitors to purchase. Other attractions include live daily entertainment, fireworks, food, crafts, apple butter making and apple pie baking contests, parade, quilt show, 5K run, bicycle poker ride, celebrity auction, pet show-off, talent show, car show, and horseshoe pitching and cornhole tournaments. There is no admission charge and all entertainment is free. Visit http://www.salemapplebutterfestival.com or contact 304-782-3565 for additional information.

West Virginia Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 4-7, Milton

Join this family-fun festival that includes arts and crafts, commercial and business displays, Vietnam Memorial --The Wall That Heals traveling exhibit, live entertainment, parade, 5K run, a pumpkin contest and plenty of food. Watch as proud growers weigh their pumpkins for a chance at the title of “Largest Pumpkin.” For more information, call 304-638-1633 or 304-634-5857 or visit http://www.wvpumpkinpark.com.

Hatfield-McCoy National Trail Fest: Oct. 4-8, Gilbert

Trail Fest is West Virginia’s premier ATV, UTV and Dirtbike trail riding event of the year! Activities include: mud pit for cash and prizes, factory demo rides, drawings for cash and prizes, poker run and dice run for cash, ATV/UTV/Dirtbike costume parade, nightly drag racing, mud pit and youth moto track, Dirt Trax TV’s Pimp My Ride contest, Fishers ATV World Zone and Mud Run for cash and prizes, live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, casino night and live auction for prizes, Saturday night fireworks, and much more! For up-to-date registration, camping information or other inquires, contact 800-592-2217 or email lhicks@trailsheaven.com or visit http://www.nationaltrailfest.com.

Southern West Virginia Italian American Heritage Festival: Oct. 5-6, Bluefield Auditorium, Bluefield

Held annually in October, this festival celebrates Italian-American heritage. Activities and attractions include food vendors, craft vendors, entertainment, dinner/dance on Friday evening, and an all-day buffet on Saturday! Contact 304-589-3317 for additional information.

Battle Days at Point Pleasant: Oct. 5-7, Point Pleasant

This living history event depicts the Oct. 10, 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant. We will have re-enactors, crafts, kid’s games, and events celebrating the 1774 time period. Hours begin on Friday at 8 a.m. and end with a Lantern Tour of the park at approximately 7:30 or dark. Saturday events are from 8 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. There will be a memorial service on Sunday at 2 p.m. The museum will be open all weekend from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact 304-675-0869 for more information.

October Sky Festival: Oct. 5-7, Beckley (note: Change of Location)

The annual October Sky Festival, traditionally held on the first weekend of October each year in Coalwood, has relocated to Beckley. The 2012 Festival will feature four Rocket Boys plus other special guests. As in the past, festivalgoers will have a chance to meet the Rocket Boys, enjoy music by area performers and shop craft and food vendors. One of the featured highlights will be a rocket launch from New River Park's Launchpad in Beckley. Additionally, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine will be open to the festival visitors who wish to travel underground to get a first-hand look at how coal was mined. For more information, visit http://www.rocketboysfestival.com or email williamscotthill@rocketmail.com or call 540-580-3908.

Oglebayfest: Oct. 5-7, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling

The area’s premier fall festival includes entertainment, specialty foods, crafts, country fair, fireworks, parade, health and wellness activities and more. The Ohio County Country Fair at Site One, features displays of elaborate quilts, homegrown foods and gentle animals on Saturday and Sunday. The fair offers a variety of traditional fair demonstrations and competitions for all ages including quilting demonstrations, 4-H rabbit show and auction, butter making, hog calling, fiddling, rock throwing and baby crawling competitions. It is also host to the West Virginia Pony Pull Championship and the baked goods auction. The Oglebayfest parade and the fireworks, will take place on Saturday. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Good Zoo and, at 8 p.m., an electrifying fireworks display will light up the evening sky over Schenk Lake. Contact 800-624-6988 or visit http://www.oglebay-resort.com/fest.htm for additional information.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Fall Fest: Oct. 5-7, Weston

This family-friendly event offers free admission (fees apply for Flashlight and Haunted House Tours offered throughout October), live entertainment, children’s masquerade ball, Summer Knights Cruzin Car Show, children’s builders workshop, games, kid’s costume contest, food and craft vendors, and much more! Visit http://www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com/ or contact 304-269-5070 for additional information.

Burgoo International Cook-off: Oct. 6, Baker’s Island Recreational Area, Webster Springs

Contestants vie for generous cash prizes for the best “Burgoo” at this unique fall festival held Columbus Day Weekend each year. “Burgoo” is a highly-seasoned stew made with any combination of at least three varieties of game, fowl, fish, other meats and vegetables. Additional activities and attractions include children’s activities, live music, arts and crafts, applebutter making, scarecrow contest, apple pie contest and much more! Contact 304-847-7291 or visit http://www.visitwebsterwv.com.

39th Annual Apple Butter Festival: Oct. 6-7, Berkeley Springs

The undisputed star of the festival is spicy apple butter made the old-fashioned way in the center of the square. A nostalgic hometown parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. followed by two days of family-friendly games and contests including the famous Beard Contest and Hog Calling Competition. Free music from the park bandstand showcases rockabilly, traditional old-time and bluegrass. Nearly 200 vendors in the park and on downtown streets offer country food, fine arts and local crafts. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.applebutterfestival.org or call the Apple Butter Festival at 800-447-8797.

39th Annual Burlington Old-Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival: Oct. 6-7, Burlington

The delicious aroma of simmering apples and spices mingles with the scent of wood smoke to tinge the air as scores of volunteers stir kettles of this mouth-watering concoction, known as applebutter. Activities and attractions include old-fashioned applebutter, grand feature parade, fireworks, antique auto, tractor and small engine show, chicken barbeque, fiddle/banjo/mandolin contest, flea market, heritage quilt display, games, live bluegrass and gospel music, and 3-huge tents filled with more than 100 artisans. The food court features many apple delights, country ham sandwiches, funnel cakes, kettle corn, breakfast foods and much more. Admission is free. Contact 800-969-0079 or 304-289-6010 or visit http://www.bumfs.org for more information.

Country Fall Festival: Oct. 6-7, West Virginia State Farm Museum, Point Pleasant

Join us for our biggest event of the year! Activities and attractions include, apple butter making, apple cider making, sorghum making--all for sale, antique saw mill operating, Gravely swap meet, antique gas engine show, antique tractor pulls, quilt show, antique bottle show, log church service and gospel sing on Sunday, Country Kitchen and Country Store open. A Gun Slinger’s Show will take place on Saturday at 12 p.m.; 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit http://www.wvfarmmuseum.org or contact 304-675-5737 for more information. 

58th Annual Black Walnut Festival: Oct. 11-14, Spencer

Join in the fun at the 58th annual celebration of the black walnut during one of West Virginia’s oldest and most respected fall festivals. Events and attractions include: flower show, 5K Nut Run/Walk, art show and contest, baking contest, band competition, nut sweepstakes, carnival, photo show/contest, car show, flea market, food vendors, grand parade, kid’s parade, 4-H and FFA livestock show, car show, quilt show, glass blowing demonstrations, live music and much more! For more information, contact 304-927-1640 or visit http://www.wvblackwalnutfestival.org.

30th Annual Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree: Oct. 12-14, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens

The colorful brilliance of Southern West Virginia deciduous forests provides the backdrop of the 30th Annual Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree at Twin Falls Resort State Park. A family-oriented event, the Jamboree features a woodsman’s competition, bluegrass music, hayrides, Appalachian clogging and a variety of arts, crafts, and food by area residents. Friday evening’s entertainment will be storytelling with David ‘Bugs’ Stover. Storytelling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. The lumberjack competition is Saturday only from 10 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. The bluegrass concert will be held at the amphitheater both days. Arts and crafts exhibits are open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, contact 304-294-4000 or visit http://www.twinfallsresort.com.

Taste of Our Town: Oct. 13, Lewisburg

The 28th annual Taste of Our Towns festival will take place Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Literally thousands of residents and visitors from across the region converge to gather on the streets of historic downtown Lewisburg to sample delicacies from local restaurants, civic clubs and organizations. Yearly favorites such as The General Lewis Inn’s pecan pie and Wolf Creek Gallery’s crab cakes disappear quickly. You certainly won’t want to miss The Greenbrier who comes out in force with numerous selections from their exclusive restaurants. Remember cash is not accepted at TOOT. Order your tokens early. Call 304-645-7917 or visit http://www.carnegiehallwv.com or email info@carnegiehallwv.com for more information.

The Battle of Droop Mountain Re-enactment: Oct. 13-14, Hillsboro

The West Virginia Reenactors Association invites you to the 149th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Droop Mountain. Activities and attractions will include opening reception for re-enactors; civilian social; Sunday morning church service; tactical exercises; battlefield hospital; Cavalry camp; Saturday evening Open Air Ball and Young Ladies’ Cotillion with period music and dance instruction. The Saturday battle at 3 p.m. is a living history depiction of the skirmish at Mill Point. Sunday’s reenactment will be the Battle of Droop Mountain at 1 p.m. Both battle reenactments will be held on the main lawn near the park office. Visit http://www.droopmountainbattlefield.com or contact 304-653-4254 for more information.

Mid-Ohio Valley Air Show: Oct. 14, Wood County Regional Airport, Williamstown

Join us at this incredible event honoring “those who serve”, veterans, and aviators of all generations. This year’s event will entertain, captivate, and educate fans from ages 2 to 92. Featured performers include the WWII Thundering Trojan Horsemen, The Red Star and Dragon Jets, Barnstorming Wing-walker Jane Wicker, and Aerobatic Team RV. Additional activities include the Largest Aviation Kidz Zone and various remote-controlled aircraft demonstrations. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.movairshow.com or email info@movairshow.com contact 865-368-1135.

Contact Information

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