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. 29 – Nov. 11

10/16/2012
Guyandotte Civil War Days Lecture Series: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, Huntington
Each exciting and informative lecture will be held at the Historic Baptist Church on Richmond Street nightly at 7 p.m. John Belcher, as Gen. Albert Gallatin Jenkins, will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Al Stone will speak on Thursday, Nov. 1, as Gen. Robert E. Lee. On Nov. 2, Stan Clardy will perform his one-man play, "Soldiers in Gray: A Musical Journey, A Soldier's Life through the War.” All the lecture series events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.guyandottecivilwardays.com or contact 304-617-6719.

Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours: Oct. 31 and Nov. 2-3, Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg
Join us as we stroll over the quaint streets of Downtown Parkersburg, covering its haunted history and famous paranormal tales. Listen as the tour guides tell you stories of the Banshee of Marrtown, the East End Ghoul, tales of the West Virginia Mothman, the Men in Black and the Nov. 2, 1966 appearance of the alien Indrid Cold (featured in "The Mothman Prophecies" book and movie) one mile south of the city limits of Parkersburg. See actual places possessed by spirits, haunted houses along the route, and pass by a haunted graveyard to hear of tales from within. Listen to famous accounts of railroad ghosts, Civil War spirits, Island haunts, and various supernatural stories unique to Parkersburg. The ghost tour takes approximately two hours and the walk is less than two miles. Regularly scheduled tours begin at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Blennerhassett Hotel. For questions about the Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours, call 304-428-7978 or email Susan Sheppard at ssheppard825@gmail.com

20th Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion: Nov. 2-4, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins
Put your dancing shoes on and tune up your vocal cords. It’s time for the 20th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion! The Fiddlers’ Reunion kicks off with a Halloween Square Dance on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Costumes are optional (but encouraged) and admission is $6 per person. Music will be provided by the October Old-Time Week staff. Events center the concert stage on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy performances of invited old-time master fiddlers and younger old-time musicians from all over West Virginia. A freestyle clogging and flatfooting dance contest begins at 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. Tune and song swaps feature traditional singers from all over the region, and jam sessions go on far into the night. Exhibits and sales of instrument and food vendors are nearby. The festivities end on a high note with a participatory Gospel Sing on Sunday at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday events take place in Halliehurst and are free. For additional information, visit http://www.augustaheritagecenter.org or contact 304-637-1334 or 304-637-1209.

23rd Annual Guyandotte Civil War Days: Nov. 2-4, Main Street, Huntington
Guyandotte Civil War Days 151st Battle Anniversary focuses its programs on this historic event in an effort to celebrate and promote the rich heritage of the area. The re-enactment of the Confederate raid on Saturday is the highlight of this event. The re-enactment/living history is a true representation based on known historical facts concerning the skirmish on Nov. 10, 1861. The re-enactment of the Union Troops recapturing the town on Sunday will demonstrate the events of Nov. 11, 1861. Re-enactments of known historic events and living history scenarios will be presented over the weekend. Be sure to check out the display cases at the Guyandotte Library for Civil War facts and photographs. Visit http://www.guyandottecivilwardays.com or contact 304-617-6719 for additional information.

Irish Road Bowling—Yankee Skedaddle: Nov. 4, Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke
Great balls of fire! Cannonballs will fly within spittin’ distance of the childhood home of Gen. Thomas Stonewall Jackson. We skedaddle Yankees down the 1.3 mile Resort Road along the lake. This is an easy road for beginners. There will also be a Ladies Long Shot after team bowling. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact David Powell at 202-387-1680 or email wdp320@aol.com or visit http://www.wvirishroadbowling.com. For lodging or additional information concerning Stonewall Resort, contact 888-278-8150.

Winter Festival of Lights: Nov. 9 – Jan. 6, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling
Since 1985 the Winter Festival of Lights has been delighting visitors of all ages! This internationally acclaimed holiday light show is one of the nation's largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. Seventy five larger-than-life light displays are now part of this glowing show and every year something new is added to keep the show fresh. The hilltop and gardens area at Oglebay becomes a four-season spectacle with 150 hanging baskets of light, plus thousands of lighted flowers and trees known as The Gardens of Light. The Christmas Tree Garden consists of 30 live trees decorated with various colored lights. Nestled amid the Christmas Tree Garden is the life-size Nativity Display. The Good Zoo at Oglebay features a light and music extravaganza nightly on the zoo patio, with more than 35,000 LED lights choreographed to exciting holiday music. The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge. Visit http://www.oglebay-resort.com or contact 800-624-6988 for additional information or lodging.

25th Annual Toughman Contest: Nov. 9-10, Logan Memorial Field House, Logan
Are you tough? Do you think you are tough enough to win this event? The 25th Annual Toughman Contest will be held Nov. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Logan Memorial Field House in Logan. There will be amateur fights for men and women in Lightweight, Middleweight, Light Heavy, and Heavyweight categories. Prize monies awarded up to $12,000. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for reserved ringside seating. Professional Light Heavyweight bouts will feature Jason Smith of Logan on Friday and Daniel Hensley of Chapmanville on Saturday. To sign up to fight, be a Ring Girl or for more information, call 800-296-3897 or visit www.wvtoughman.com.

3rd Annual West Virginia Arts and Crafts Christmas Spectacular: Nov. 9-11, Mylan Park Expo Center, Morgantown
The West Virginia Arts and Crafts Christmas Spectacular will feature artists and craftsmen from throughout the region. Browse and shop more than 170 exhibits of high-quality arts and crafts including: jewelry, dried and silk floral arrangements, decorative painting, soft sculpture, photography, clothing, fabric decor for your home, personalized ornaments, scented candles, lotions and soaps, pet collars and treats, holiday decorations, dip and drink mixes, candies, fudge, kettle korn, roasted nuts, dessert mixes, and much more! Bring your camera and take your child's photograph with Santa! Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Acres of free parking are available. Contact 724-863-4577 or visit http://www.familyfestivals.com/WV-Christmas.html for additional information.

14th Annual Festival of Light: Nov. 10-11, The Ice House, Berkeley Springs
14th annual Berkeley Springs Festival of Light is a psychic fair and alternative healing expo staged at the Ice House. More than 60 practitioners of spiritual and physical healing techniques are featured this year, located on two floors of the building. The festival is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. In addition to the practitioners, admission each day includes entry to a major lecture as well as mini-workshops and demonstrations. Attendees can seek individual answers and insights from practitioners reading everything from past life patterns and Tarot cards to etched stones or the swing of a pendulum. A wide range of products is also available including drums, essential oils, homeopathic medical remedies for humans and pets, jewelry, books and more. Bodyworkers, massage therapists, Reiki masters and the like, set up on the second floor along with the movement studio presenting a variety of movement techniques including yoga and Tai Chi. Admission is $5 per day. Contact 304-258-3509 or 304-582-4449 or visit http://www.berkeleysprings.com for additional information.

Pocahontas National Railroad Historical Society Train Show: Nov. 10-11, Bluefield Youth Center, Bluefield
This event is a must for train enthusiasts! Activities and attractions will include: model train displays, trains, white elephant table, door prizes, refreshments for purchasing, rail videos, operating N-Scale, Ho & Lionel Model layouts, S-Gauge layouts and much more. Hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. For more information, contact 304-431-2593 or visit http://www.visitmercercounty.com.

Contact Information

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