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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Sept. 3-16

14th Annual Ribfest: Sept. 6-9, South Charleston
Join us for this lip-smacking, finger-licking festival. Events include: daily live music/entertainment, carnival rides, great food, arts & crafts, specialized vendors, and of course – world-class BBQ ribs! Contact 304-746-5552 or visit http://www.charlestonwvribfest.com for more information.

Nicholas County Potato Festival: Sept. 7-8, Summersville
This annual festival celebrates agriculture ¬-- especially the potato! Activities include a potato auction, amusement rides, food, vendors, crafters, cornhole competition, spud hunt, potato sack race, mashed potato eating contest, teen/queen pageant, entertainment, tractor and car show, and much more! Visit http://www.nicholascountypotatofestival.com or contact 304-872-3722 for more information.

Chautauqua and Civil War Heritage Weekend: Sept. 7-9, Fayetteville
On Sept. 10, 1862, Historic Fayetteville became the site of the first use of indirect firing in battle. Join us this weekend as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of this historic event. Activities include: workshops, Civil War music, lectures, and living history presenters. For additional information, contact 304-574-1500 or visit http://www.VisitFayettevilleWV.com.

Pickin’ in the Panhandle - The WV State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival: Sept. 7-9, Hedgesville
The festival features more than 30 bluegrass and roots music bands on three stages, the WV State BBQ Championship, a backyard BBQ cook-off, arts, crafts, children’s activities, music workshops, bluegrass band competition, and much more! For additional information, contact 304-264-8801 or 800-498-2386 or visit http://www.panhandlepickin.com.

West Virginia Black Heritage Festival: Sept. 7-9, E.B. Saunders Way, Clarksburg
This wonderful celebration of black heritage just keeps getting better each year. The street festival takes place in uptown Clarksburg along E.B. Saunders Way. Activities include: great food, games, live musical entertainment and cultural events. Contact 304-641-9963 or visit http://www.wvbhf.com for the schedule and additional festival-related information.

West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival: Sept. 13-15, Sistersville City Park, Sistersville
Since 1968, this festival has celebrated the heritage and the future of West Virginia’s oil and natural gas industry. Featured attractions and activities include: food, entertainment, engine displays, auction, Kids’ Day, regional crafts, art shows and exhibits, commercial booths, oil field-themed contests, music, amateur talent contest, antique rod and custom car show, parade and Band-O-Rama competition. For additional information, contact 304-652-2939.

Prelude to Freedom: The 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry: Sept. 13-16, Harpers Ferry
Join us for this special Civil War Sesquicentennial event. Activities include: living history, ranger-led programs and family/youth activities, special hikes, bus tours, lectures, panel discussion, and book signings. Maryland Campaign evening lectures features Scott Hartwig on Thursday and Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust on Saturday. Contact 304-535-6029 or visit http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm for more information.

Riders of the Flood: Log Jam 2012: Sept. 14-15, Ronceverte
Join us once again on the banks of the beautiful Greenbrier River and enjoy a memorable night of great music, moonlight and mischief! This surprising “new variety show” features your favorite singing loggers, the Bunkhouse Boys, and other guest artists each night. The show begins at 8 p.m. both evenings. Visit http://www.ridersoftheflood.com or contact 304-647-3104 or 304-647-7400 for additional information.

Taste of Parkersburg: Sept. 14-15, Third and Market Street, Parkersburg
This downtown Parkersburg premier food and wine event will entice all of your senses with local restaurants, musicians, artisans and breweries coming together with top wine distributors in a recipe of fun. Experience the best of the tastes, sounds and culture that Parkersburg has to offer. Savor food sampling from 5 to 9:30 p.m.; wine and beer sampling from 5 to 10 p.m. and continuous entertainment from 5 to 11 p.m. Visit http://www.tasteofparkersburg.com or contact 304-422-3131 for more information.

Mothman Festival: Sept. 14-16, Pt. Pleasant
The Mothman Festival is one of the most unique festivals in West Virginia, if not the world. Visitors come each September to see the famous Mothman statue, Mothman Museum, to meet original eyewitnesses, guest speakers, authors and Mothman experts. The festival boasts live local musical talent, vendors, pageant, delicious food, hayrides and some famous down-home West Virginia hospitality. For more information, visit http://www.mothmanfestival.com or contact 304-675-6788.

Hatfield-McCoy Feud Narrated Sited Tours: Sept. 15, Williamson
Enjoy a live narrated tour of key sites in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud presented by Bill Richardson, an award-winning filmmaker, author and artist. Sites include the Hog Trial site, first meeting place of Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy, Ranel McCoy’s home place, Paw Paw Massacre site, Historic Matewan and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Visit http://www.hatfieldmccoycountry.com or contact 304-235-5240 for additional information.

Revenge of the Rattlesnake-WVMBA Ultra #6 Series Championship: Sept. 15, Davis
Come and test your endurance and willpower while enjoying the mountain in all its fall glory!
The annual Revenge of the Rattlesnake Race is possibly one of the longest-running mountain events around. The ever-changing course promises 35-40 miles of scenic, but technical and sometimes grinding, single-track all-over Canaan Mountain and beyond-complete with aid stations and cut-off point to beat. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Email info@blackwaterbikes.com or contact 304-259-5286 or visit http://www.wvmba.com/ridewv/ for more information.

50th Annual Harvest Moon Festival: Sept. 15-16, City Park, Parkersburg
200 Local and Regional Craftsmen and Artists will be displaying, demonstrating and selling their work.
Special attractions include exhibits, demonstrations, live entertainment, food, kids’ make-it-take-it crafts, 4-H apple butter and much more! Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 adults and $2 students. For additional information, contact 304-424-7311 ext. 201 or visit http://www.woodrecreation.com.

Grape Stomping Wine Festival: Sept. 15-16, Kirkwood Winery, Phillips Run Rd., Summersville
Come join us in a tradition of family fun, while we showcase local mountain crafts, mountain culture, Kirkwood products, Appalachian Cloggers and other dancing. There will be door prize giveaways, grape-eating contest, grape stomping contest, and musical entertainment. Visit http://www.kirkwood-wine.com or contact 304-872-7332 for more information.

Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show: Sept. 15-16, Eastern WV Regional Airport, Martinsburg
The 167th Airlift Wing, along with the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport and the United Way of Eastern Panhandle, once again brings you this year’s event. The open house and air show will feature a variety of military and civilian aerial performances as well as static ground displays. Contact 304-616-5100 or visit http://www.martinsburgairshow.com for additional information.

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