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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals

    MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Rural Development Authority building, 223 North Main Street, Suite 102, Moorefield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required by Tuesday, June 24. To register, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. WVSBDC coach Beth Ludewig can provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Friday, May 30, 2014 aP 2:38 PM
     

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Doddridge County

    Register for June 23 session on Business Fundamentals

    WEST UNION, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 23, in Doddridge County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in St. Patrick’s Center, 503 West Main Street, West Union.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Marsa Myers at 304-926-4169 or email Marsa.C.Myers@wv.gov.
     
    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015 aA 10:46 AM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County


    Register for June 25 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 25, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Charleston Area Alliance Building, 1116 Smith Street, Room 310, Charleston.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304-957-2083, dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015 aA 10:58 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for June 26 session on Business Fundamentals

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 26, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held on the second floor of Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston.  

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact Bryan Shaw, Bryan.M.Shaw@wv.gov, 304-528-5617. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, June 4, 2015 aP 2:53 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for June 30 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, June 9, 2015 aA 11:26 AM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Monongalia County

    Register for June 25 session on Business Fundamentals

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 25, in Monongalia County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the WVSBDC office, West Virginia University, Chestnut Ridge Research Building, 886 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown.  

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. The discussion will also cover developing business plans. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    To register, visit the WVSBDC website www.wvsbdc.org and click on “training calendar” or contact Sharon Stratton, 304-293-5839, Sharon.J.Stratton@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The Morgantown WVSBDC is hosted by the WVU Research Corporation. The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, June 12, 2015 aP 4:19 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pendleton County

    Register for July 16 session on business fundamentals

    FRANKLIN, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 16, in Pendleton County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Pendleton County Economic Development Authority conference room, Pendleton Business Center (Old Hanover Building), 100 Thorn Creek Road, Franklin.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required by Tuesday, July 14. To register, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. WVSBDC coach Beth Ludewig can provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, June 26, 2015 aP 3:44 PM
     

  8. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for July 24 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, July 24, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 aP 12:18 PM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for July 21 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, in Logan County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Building B, Room 227, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304-957-2083, dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov or Doug Spaulding, 304-957-2017, douglas.c.spaulding@wv.gov. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 aP 12:31 PM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for July 10 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Friday July 10, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Rt. 34, Winfield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact Bryan Shaw, Bryan.M.Shaw@wv.gov, 304-932-3816. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 aA 9:51 AM
     

  11. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia “Takes a Hike” to Celebrate National Trails Day

    GoToWV team, Greater Parkersburg CVB, WV State Parks hike at North Bend State Park

    CAIRO, West Virginia (June 6, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) in collaboration with the Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and West Virginia State Parks hosted “Go Outside and Take a Hike” Saturday, June 6 at North Bend State Park to celebrate National Trails Day.

    “West Virginia’s hundreds of miles of winding trails and beautiful vistas make the Mountain State a premier destination for hiking. I encourage everyone to go outside and enjoy a day on the trails—not just today, but all year long,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    The GoToWV team led hikers on a nature walk on the North Bend Rail Trail. The 72-mile trail passes through North Bend State Park along the old B&O Railroad from Parkersburg to Wolf Summit, near Clarksburg.

    Anyone who hiked or biked in a state park or forest on National Trails Day is eligible to receive a participation certificate and trails patch from West Virginia State Parks. Mileage logs are available at www.wvstateparks.com under “Special Notices.”

    An extensive network of trails in West Virginia have been mapped out and marked for public use for hiking, biking, boating, and horseback and ATV riding. For more information, visit West Virginia State Parks or West Virginia Trail Inventory, an interactive map detailing hiking, biking, horseback, water and ATV trails throughout the state.

    National Trails Day is an annual event established by the American Hiking Society. On this day, all 50 states participate in events including hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-CALL WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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    posted Sunday, June 7, 2015 aP 2:59 PM
     

  12. Adventure Advisory: Welcome Summer

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at GoToWV.com/Listings. 

    June 18-20: WV Quilt Festival, Summersville Arena & Conference Center, Summersville
    304-872-3722; www.wvquilters.org 
    Quilters display their colorful and intricate designs at this festival, which includes free lectures, vendors, special exhibits and events, door prizes, delicious meals and more.  

    June 19: Clarksburg Uptown Summer Jazz Stroll, Clarksburg 
    304-677-8612; mlambiotte@frontier.com; www.clarksburgvisitorswv.com/calendar.aspx 
    Clarksburg Uptown presents Summer Jazz Stroll 2015. This year’s theme is “The Piano Men.” Five of the most renowned jazz pianists from West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and Tel Aviv, Israel will perform in multiple venues. A $5 cover charge provides access to all venues and shows. 

    June 19-20: 16th Annual Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival, Matewan 
    304-235-5240; 606-625-5092; tvcc1.natalie@yahoo.com; www.tugvalleychamber.com; www.hatfield-mccoyreunionfestival.com; https://www.facebook.com/HatfieldMccoyReunion 
    Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival celebrates the most famous feud in American history. The festival features family friendly activities including music, plays, tours of the feud sites, Hatfield-McCoy tug-of-war across the Tug River, golf tournament, ATV poker run, home cooking and more. 

    June 19-20: 3rd Annual Elk River Music and Arts Festival, Elk Theatre on Main Street, Sutton 
    304-765-2519; elktheatre@gmail.com; www.elktheatre.com; www.facebook.com/pages/Elk-River-Music-and-Arts-Festival 
    This event at The Elk Theatre in Sutton features bands from across the state. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight June 19 and 4 p.m. to midnight June 20.

    June 19-21: C.E.'s Helping Hands Fun Fest Bike & ATV Rally, Thorn Spring Park, Franklin
    304-668-9563; email@cehelpinghands.com; www.cehelpinghands.com 
    Events include a motorcycle Fellowship Ride Friday afternoon, a motorcycle and ATV Poker Run Saturday, a White Elephant Auction Saturday afternoon, and live music Saturday night.

    June 19-21: GNCC (Grand National Cross Country Series), Snowshoe 
    304-284-0084; 877-441-4386; www.snowshoemtn.com; http://gnccracing.com/event/snowshoe  
    America's premier off-road racing series returns to Snowshoe Mountain. This is the toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the GNCC tour; two days of racing will fill the mountain with ATVs and bikes.  

    June 19-21: Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival, Oak Hill 
    800-927-0263; sharon@newrivergorgecvb.com; mandy@officialbridgeday.com; www.newrivergorgecvb.com  
    This festival features old-fashioned fun for everyone. Activities and attractions include food vendors, crafts, heritage demonstrations, inflatables, kids’ games, flea market, street dance, parade, live musical entertainment and much more!

    June 19–21: Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival, Parkersburg City Park, Parkersburg 
    304-428-5554; movmcf@gmail.com; www.movmcf.org  
    The Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival (MOVMCF) at the Parkersburg City Park is a free annual festival highlighting a variety of cultures through live performances, children's activities, food, vendors, educational presentations and displays.

    June 19-21: Old Central City Days, Huntington 
    304-963-6104; www.oldcentralcity.org
    Old Central City is known as the “Antique Capital” of West Virginia. Old Central City Days is a festive time with crafts, good food, car show, and musical entertainment. A special highlight during Old Central City Days is the Outdoor Antique Fair. 

    June 19-28: FestivALL, Charleston 
    304-470-0489; director@festivallcharleston.com; www.festivallcharleston.com 
    FestivALL mixes fine arts and pop arts in venues and locations throughout Charleston. Main events include The Mayor’s Concert, Festiv-ALT concert, Art Fair, Library Street Fair, production by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Mountain Stage, Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off, Taste-of-All; Blues, Brews & BBQ, Wine & All That Jazz, riverboat rides and more.

    June 20: 5th Annual Wheeling Arts Fest, Wheeling 
    304-280-2616; arts@wheelingwv.gov; www.wheelingartsfest.com 
    The admission-free event is open to everyone and offers a variety of arts and cultural programs, including live music, visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, culinary demonstrations, historical arts and much more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    June 20: Almost Heaven BBQ Bash, Buckhannon 
    304-472-3033; almostheavenbbqbash@gmail.com; www.almostheavenbbqbash.com 
    The West Virginia State BBQ Championship, sanctioned by Kansas City BBQ Society, celebrates West Virginia Day with 40 BBQ teams from 11 states competing for $10,000 in prizes. Events include Sunny Buck BBQ and Rotary Club BBQ competitions, car and motorcycle show, wing-eating and rib eating contests, sidewalk chalk art contest, bluegrass and country music, and cupcakes to celebrate West Virginia’s birthday.

    June 20: 11th Annual Tour de Coal, Tornado 
    304-722-3055; coalrivergroup@gmail.com; www.coalrivergroup.com 
    Bring your canoe or kayak and join the Coal River Group for an 11-mile float trip from Tornado to St. Albans. A pre-registration party kicks off at 5 p.m. June 19 at the Coal River Group River Center in Meadowood Park, Tornado. The float trip begins at 9 a.m. June 20 at Meadowood Park.

    June 20: West Virginia Miniature Horse Championship, Reedsville 
    304-783-4827; www.wvminiaturehorsechampionship.weebly.com 
    The West Virginia Miniature Horse Championship brings together miniature horse exhibitors from West Virginia and surrounding states to compete in the most prestigious miniature horse event in West Virginia. 

    June 20: Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey, Beech Fork State Park 
    304-528-5794; www.beechforksp.com 
    Three Rivers Avian Center leads this education program featuring live birds native to West Virginia including owls, hawks and eagles. The program includes information about habitats, diet and behavior of each bird presented, the most common causes of injury to each species, and the laws protecting these special birds. 

    June 20-21: Irish Road Bowling, Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Davis  
    304-800-4121 ext. 2788; www.canaanresort.com 
    Enjoy a two-day, two-event road bowling weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Also known as Irish Long Bullets, this sport is for men and women of all ages and is extremely easy to learn. 

    June 20-21: Wood Carving Workshop/Chainsaw Wood Carving, Harold Walters Nature Center, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis 
    304)-259-5216 www.blackwaterfalls.com
    On June 20, join wood carver Nate Parr and learn the basics of wood carving only with soap as the material. June 21 features chainsaw wood carving. Additional crafts and activities are planned throughout the weekend in celebration of West Virginia’s birthday.

    June 21: Father's Day Cookout - WHWV Event, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass 
    866-460-7265; bonnie@mountainrail.com; www.mountainrailwv.com/ 
    Give Dad a break and let us do the grillin'! The event features live traditional music and a cookout. Bring a blanket, gear in case of rain and Dad! Enjoy great traditional music and a picnic at Spruce, one of the highest elevated former logging towns in the east. 

    June 21-27: Allegheny Echoes 19th Annual Summer Workshops, Marlinton 
    304-799-7121; muckle_h@hotmail.com; www.alleghenyechoes.com 
    It’s time to start getting your fingers limber, work on those calluses, break out the writing tablet, sharpen the pencils and warm up your vocal cords. Come join the 125-plus musicians, writers and singers at the Marlinton Motor Inn. Classes feature bluegrass fiddle, bluegrass guitar, creative writing, vocals and more.

    June 22-27: Wilderness Survival & Primitive Bushcraft Five Night Workshop, Seneca State Forest, Dunmore 
    304-531-3683; 304-799-6213; info@ForestMannaOutdoors.com; www.forestmannaoutdoors.com/; www.senecastateforest.com
    Learn the basics of primitive bushcraft skills that include making cordage, establishing shelter, creating fire, foraging wild edibles, procuring & purifying water, land navigation, fashioning tools, constructing traps and snares, preserving meat, bird/song identification, plant and tree identification and more. 

    June 24-27: 35th Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival, Summersville 
    706-864-7203 (Office); 706-265-0655 Cell; 304-872-3722 (general information); info@adamsbluegrass.com; http://www.adamsbluegrass.com/Music-in-the-Mountains-Bluegrass-Festival.html
    Bluegrass music at its best! Activities and attractions include: food vendors, souvenirs, and lots of bluegrass featuring such artists as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Gene Watson, Dailey and Vincent, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and many more.

    June 26-27: Ohio Valley Rib & Chicken Cook – Off, Heritage Port, Wheeling 
    800-828-3097; www.visitwheelingwv.com 
    This summer celebration of chicken and ribs also includes freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, hot dogs and roasted corn. Food and craft vendors will open at noon Friday and Saturday. Free music and entertainment starts at 3 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. both days.

    June 26-28: Historic Arts Workshops: Introduction to Blacksmithing/Needle Felting/Tatting, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont 
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfortstatepark.com 
    Learn basic blacksmithing skills; needle felting – the art of crafting felted objects out of un-spun wool; or tatting -- an 18th-century form of lacemaking that originated in Europe. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Classes are open to anyone who wants to get started or build their skills. 

    June 26-28: Little Levels Heritage Fair, Hillsboro 
    304-653-8563; 800-336-9009; www.littlelevelsheritagefair.com 
    This year’s fair celebrates the Little Levels Horse Show that began over 100 years ago on Beard Road. Activities include old-time and bluegrass music, arts and crafts, pig roast, a tour of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum and much more.

    June 26-28: Rendezvous on the River, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg
    304-420-4800; www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com 
    Muzzleloader and mountain men will gather on Blennerhassett Island for their summer rendezvous. Authentic campsites, demonstrations of camp-life and period dress will be featured throughout the event. 

    June 27: Hans Creek String Band, Pipestem Amphitheater Show Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem 
    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com 
    Hans Creek String Band, formerly Hans Creek Grass, is a traditional bluegrass group from Greenville in Monroe County that will get your toes tapping and your hands clapping. 

    June 27: Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration, Hillsboro 
    304-653-4430; www.pearlsbuckbirthplace.com 
    Celebrate and commemorate the life of Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker, known as Pearl S. Buck. Activities begin at 4 p.m. with recognition of student winners in the writing contest, followed by live music. Stay and enjoy punch and birthday cake. 

    June 27: Shepherdstown Street Fest, Shepherdstown 
    855-787-3383; info@ShepherdstownStreetFest.org; www.shepherdstownstreetfest.org 
    Celebrate with live bands, great artisan vendors, kid’s activities, and food and drinks among historic Shepherdstown’s welcoming shops and restaurants.

    June 27: Zoo Brew at Oglebay Good Zoo, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling 
    800-624-6988; www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo/brew.html 
    Each ticket holder will receive eight samples of craft beer, a souvenir mug and hors d oeuvres from DiCarlo’s Pizza, Ye Olde Alpha, Cilantro Latin Grill, Mt. DeChantal Kroger and JFE Sushi, Wheeling Park Food and Beverage and more. Ages 21 and over; valid photo ID required. Event times 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; early admission 6 p.m. for VIP ticker holders. 

    June 27-28: Cass Logging Days, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass 
    304-456-4300 ext. 111; www.cassrailroad.com 
    A variety of activities and demonstrations this weekend will focus on logging era in the Cass and Spruce regions in the “boom” years. The mill operation at Cass was enormous during its heyday from 1908 to 1922.

    June 27-28: Irish Road Bowling West Virginia State Championship Singles Finals, Turkey Run Road, Buckhannon 
    202-387-1680; www.wvirishroadbowling.com 
    The top West Virginia bowlers, men and women, from each of the two qualifiers, Pipestem Resort April 18-19 and Strawberry Festival May 16-17, will compete on Turkey Run Road in Buckhannon.

    June 28: The Upper Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival, Heritage Port, Wheeling 
    304-232-0511; http://multiculturefest.org
    Celebrate cultural diversity through music, dance, art, storytelling and more. Enjoy great food from different cultures, information on event sponsors and organizations that promote cultural diversity and arts and crafts that represent various cultures. Event times 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    June 29 – Jul. 5: The Greenbrier Classic and The Greenbrier Classic Concert Series, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs and Fairlea 
    304-536-5322; 888-598-7380; www.greenbrierclassic.com   
    This official PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event hosts the world’s best golfers while celebrating fans, family and the Fourth of July. It's the most anticipated stop on the PGA TOUR. After the last putt drops, the excitement will carry from the fairway to the stage as The Greenbrier Classic Concert Series hosts megastar acts. 

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-CALL WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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  13. Adventure Advisory: Let Freedom Ring

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at GoToWV.com/Listings. 

    July 1-4: Ripley 4th of July Celebration, Ripley 
    844-772-8850; www.ripley4thofJuly.us  
    Known as the “USA’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration,” the Ripley 4th of July Celebration dates back to the late 1800s—the oldest parade and oldest Independence Day Celebration in West Virginia. The celebration includes live music, a carnival, grand parade, and food concessions.

    July 1-5: West Virginia Vietnam Memorial Wall, Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant 
    304-675-1905; 304-675-5226; tourism@masoncounty.org; www.westvirginiastatecouncilmobilewall.org 
    Sponsored by the West Virginia State Council and coordinated by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1180 in Point Pleasant, this mobile wall exhibits honors the 732 West Virginians who served their country during the Vietnam War.

    July 2-4: 52nd Annual Mountain State Art and Craft Fair, Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley
    844-772-8850; www.msacf.com  
    In addition to experiencing the hundreds of juried artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, this year’s fair will offer the very best of traditional Appalachian music, food, heritage exhibits and interactive family activities. 

    July 2-4: Point Pleasant Regatta, Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant 
    304-593-2404; www.pointpleasantregatta.org  
    Celebrate sternwheelers on the Ohio River at the Point Pleasant Regatta. Events include a 5K run, pageants, free concerts, kid’s day with free games and activities, parade, food and fireworks!

    July 2-4: WV Freedom Festival, Logan 
    304-752-3036; amberviars@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/wvfreedomfestival 
    Activities and attractions include but are not limited to carnival rides, pet show, lip sync contest, inflatables, Robonosis Stroller Act, rock wall and gold rush sifting adventure, chainsaw carving, Firefighter 5K, car and motorcycle show, live music, food vendors and more.

    July 4: The Freedom Run 5K, Wheeling 
    800-828-3098; http://www.ovrunnersandwalkers.org/2015_apps/Freedom_Race_app.pdf 
    This 5k for runners and walkers starts and finishes at WesBanco. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Food and beverages are provided for participants after the race. Registration forms can be downloaded online at the website and mailed in or you can register on race day.

    July 5 and 19: Art in the Park, Berkeley Spring State Park, Berkeley Springs 
    304-258-6419; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-In-The-Park-WV/198383946859089?fref=ts 
    In its ninth year, Art in the Park provides access to fine artists located in the Berkeley Springs region. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is they are local. Shows are rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. across the street from the Farmers Market. 

    July 8-12: 49th Annual Pioneer Days, Marlinton 
    304-799-4452; 800-336-7009; www.pocahontascountywv.com 
    The event that many come “back home” to celebrate. Look at all the fun there'll be – music, games, crafts, carnival, concessions, flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, contests, demonstrations, antique car show, truck and tractor pull, mud bog, and lots more! 

    July 10 – Aug. 2: The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University--Celebrating its 25th Season, Shepherdstown 
    800-999-2283; info@catf.org; www.catf.org 
    Listed as by Travel Pulse as “one of five performing arts festivals [worldwide] you must visit,” Shepherd University’s Contemporary American Theater Festival celebrates its 25 season this year. The nationally renowned theater presents five new plays in rotating repertory. 

    July 10-11: 24th Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off, Snowshoe Mountain, Snowshoe 
    877-441-4386; www.snowshoemtn.com
    The mountain will be heating up as cooks vie for cash prizes and the best recipe. Events and activities include Village games, chili and salsa tasting and live music at one of the most iconic summer events at the mountain.

    July 10-11: Bridgeport Benedum Festival, Bridgeport City Park, Bridgeport 
    304-842-8240; 304-669-2062; 304-641-2015; http://bridgeportbenedumfestival.com/ 
    This event features longstanding staples such as the best fireworks in the area, live music, carnival rides, Pet Parade, 5K Run, fishing derby, chicken roast, children's activities, dunking booth and car show.

    July 10-12: 20th Annual John Henry Days, various locations in Talcott 
    304-466-3745; bbirdfarm@msn.com; http://www.johnhenryhistoricalpark.com/ 
    The theme this year is “20 Years and Still Hammering!” Activities and attractions include live music, 4-Mile Run, 1-Mile Fun Walk, West Virginia crafts and food vendors, Grand Parade, children’s activities, inner tube race, splash and dash for cash, rubber duck race, fireworks, car show and more.

    July 10-12: Glass Fest, Weston 
    304-269-7328; chip@appglass.com; www.appglass.com/ 
    Come celebrate our West Virginia's Glass heritage at Appalachian Glass! Demonstrations of glass blowing, etching, sand blasting, marble tournament (West Virginia American Marble Association Tournament), food vendors and more. Free admission and parking.

    July 11-18: Putnam County Fair, Putnam County Park, Eleanor 
    304-586-4001; www.putnamcountyfairwv.com/index.php/home 
    This year’s event features arts and crafts, agricultural and 4-H exhibits, livestock, pageants, demolition derby, rodeo, carnival, dirt track events and live music. Specialty foods include smoked turkey legs, smoked pulled pork, homemade cinnamon rolls and bloomin’ onions.

    July 14-18: West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition, Mineral Wells 
    304-489-1301; info@wvinterstatefair.org; www.wvinterstatefair.org 
    Features include 4-H exhibits, contests, live music, track events, livestock exhibits, carnival, food and lots more.

    July 14-18: Paw Paw District Fair, Paw Paw Fairgrounds, Rivesville 
    304-278-7042; http://marioncvb.com/company/paw-paw-district-fair/; http://pawpawfairgrounds.com/  
    Held Tuesday through Saturday the third week in July, the fair features children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors, and a wide variety of food and attractions.

    July 15-18: Durbin Days Heritage Festival, Durbin 
    800-336-7009; www.pocahontascountywv.com  
    Competitions such as horseshoes, tug-a-war, greased pig chase, pet show, karaoke and a 5K race provide contestants an opportunity to prove they are the best in their field. Other events and activities include bingo, carnival rides, antique car show, parade, art and craft show and fireworks.

    July 15-18: Lewis County Fair, Weston 
    304-269-7328; www.lewiscountyfair.com/ 
    The Lewis County Fair is a one-price gate admission ($10—over 1 year old). There are no additional charges to ride any of the carnival rides. Bring the entire family for a fun-filled week of live entertainment, rides, mud bog, demolition derby, and a wide range of food, fun, and family games.

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-CALL WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.


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  14. WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA TO LAUNCH Real. WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN, CONTEST JUNE 20

    Welcome Centers to host events with Real. West Virginia flair June 20

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    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (June 19, 2015) –Wild, Wonderful West Virginia will launch its new advertising campaign June 20, which focuses on Real. West Virginia experiences.  In conjunction with the launch of the new campaign, the eight Welcome Centers will host events with Real. West Virginia flair and the public will be invited to participate in the “My West Virginia Dream Vacation” Pinterest contest. 

    “With our unique culture, history, food and experiences, the Mountain State exemplifies authenticity,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Whether riding our amazing Hatfield and McCoy trail or fly fishing in one of our natural trout streams, we offer the perfect backdrop for Real. outdoor adventure. Our state’s one-of-a-kind experiences extend beyond recreation and into our small-town economies, with our farm-to-table restaurants, markets with local produce and craft brews. There is something for everyone in the Mountain State to explore, experience, and remember in Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia now and for years to come.”

    “We have developed meaningful content that will not only inspire—but move folks to action,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “We’ve compiled hundreds of new images and traveled to communities throughout the state to film and interview real West Virginians—chefs, outdoor enthusiasts, artists, lovers, bikers, fishermen and farmers who can tell their story better than we can because their story is real. Real stories that make you want to go there and do that!”

    Good stories don’t have to end abruptly; some of the best stories are the ones you continue to create and build upon. With that in mind, the GoToWV Team encourages travelers to share their Real. stories: children’s drawings of their favorite places to go, old photos of first trips, or stories from grandparents, for example.

    To launch the new campaign, the GoToWV Team is asking travelers and West Virginians to create and submit a Pinterest board showcasing their dream vacation in West Virginia as part of the “My West Virginia Dream Vacation” Pinterest contest.  Two prizes will be given away: a “River Fun Package” provided by River Riders and a “Resort Fun Package” provided by Oglebay Resort.  The contest begins June 20 and ends July 4. To enter, visit GoToWV.com/Pinterest. 

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  15. WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA, CHARLESTON CVB AND FESTIVALL CHARLESTON TO HOST INSTAMEET JUNE 27

    Five InstaMeet participants will be selected to receive Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia T-shirts designed by Kin Ship Goods  

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (June 24, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau and FestivALL Charleston will host their first InstaMeet June 27 during FestivALL 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia beginning at 11 a.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park.

    “We are excited to bring the community together to share our love of the Mountain State,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “Through this InstaMeet we can introduce a global audience to Real. West Virginia experiences.  Whether you’re looking for Real. Fun, Real. Family Time or Real. Art, you will find it at FestivALL.” 

    “In Charleston, our brand is ‘Hip, Historic…Almost Heaven.’ This InstaMeet is a chance for people to experience that brand first-hand, then share it with the world,” Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau Tim Brady said.  “FestivALL is a fun and exciting time of year to visit Charleston; we’re looking forward to sharing that with the Instagram community.”

    “This will be a great opportunity for visitors to capture the diversity of arts genres in FestivALL and share in the celebration of our city,” Co-Director of FestivALL Brittany Javins said. “We can't wait to see what people come up with.”

    An InstaMeet is an event during which Instagrammers meet up to take photos and videos. Participants at the June 27 event are encouraged to share their Real. FestivALL Fun with #GoToWV_InstaMeet and #RealWV. Photos and videos shared during the InstaMeet may be shared via @GoToWV, @CharlestonWV and @FestivALL_CWV.  Per Instagram: Only photos with geo location data will show up on the InstaMeet map. Make sure 'Add to Photomap' is selected when posting InstaMeet photos and videos.

    Five InstaMeet participants will be selected to receive a Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia T-shirt designed by Kin Ship Goods.  To be considered, Instagrammers must use both #GoToWV_InstaMeet and #RealWV.  Winners will be notified via Instagram.

    Suggested FestivALL photo/video opportunities:

    9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Community Keys
    Davis Park, 301 Capitol Street and Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street

    10 a.m. (trolley), 1 p.m. (walking) / Art & Architecture Tours 
    Trolley tour from Lee Street Triangle
    Walking tour from “Hallelujah” sculpture at the Clay Center

    10 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Dizzy Doc’s Amazing Balloon Sculpture
    Charleston Town Center Mall Center Court

    10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Capitol Street Art Fair
    Capitol Street

    11 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Street Performers and Artists
    Capitol Street

    Noon and 2 p.m. / River Queen Cruises
    Haddad Riverfront Park

    1 p.m. and 3 p.m. / Dance in Davis Park
    Davis Park

    2 p.m. – 10 p.m. / Wine and All That Jazz
    University of Charleston Lawn

    More events at www.festivallcharleston.com

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  16. Wild, Wonderful WV Releases Jefferson County Vignette

    New video is next in a series of regional vignettes produced as part of the Real. campaign

    Real. Jefferson County Video: View

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (June 26, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today released the Real. Jefferson County video, the next in a series of regional vignettes produced as part of the Real. campaign.  

    “Located within close proximity to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas, the Eastern Panhandle offers visitors the opportunity to experience Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “Whether it's locally infused menus, scenic natural beauty, unique shopping experiences or historic sites, you’ll find it here.”   

    “This video captures the real heart and soul of our artisans in a backdrop of incredible natural and historic scenery, second to none,” Chief Executive Officer of Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau Annette Gavin said.  “Many thanks to the GoToWV Team for sharing our stories.  We welcome our visitors to Jefferson County to find their story and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

    Last week, the first video of the series, featuring the Charleston and Huntington areas, was released to coincide with the official launch of the new campaign.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  17. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia announces winning #GoToWV_InstaMeet submissions

    Five participants receive Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia T-shirts designed by Kin Ship Goods  

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    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (June 29, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today announced the top five submissions from this weekend’s InstaMeet in Charleston. Instagrammers
    @jessi.wv, @clst91, @aye_ayoob, @davemistich and @missbly will each receive a Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia T-shirt designed by Kin Ship Goods.

    “I’d like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who shared their favorite FestivALL moments with the global community through Instagram,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    The event was hosted by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau and FestivALL Charleston.

    Photos from the event can be found on Instagram under the hashtags #GoToWV_InstaMeet and #RealWV at @GoToWV, @CharlestonWV and @FestivALL_CWV. 

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  18. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia hosts state Junior Golfers during The Greenbrier Classic

    Above: Junior golfer Samuel Romine of Martinsburg chats with his father, who is caddying for him. Photo courtesy of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

    LEWISBURG, West Virginia (June 29, 2015)Two of West Virginia’s top junior golfers, Samuel Romine and Colin Bowles, are participating in the Monday and Wednesday Greenbrier Classic PGA tournaments representing the State of West Virginia.

    Samuel Romine of Martinsburg joined today’s field of golfers, including West Virginia Amateur Sam O’Dell. Romine, the 2015 Callaway Player of the Year in the Mountain State, will attend Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in the fall to play golf and major in Health and Physical Education.

    “I started playing golf when I was 5 years old, thanks to my dad. I grew up playing with my granddad at Locust Hill Golf Course. I have learned a ton of valuable lessons playing golf, met a lot of great people, and made many memories that will last a lifetime,” Romine said.

    On Wednesday, 15-year old Colin Bowles, who completed his freshman year at Westside High School in Wyoming County, will join the field of professionals slated to participate in the tournament.

    “The State is proud to host and support our junior golfers during The Greenbrier Classic,” Commissioner of Tourism for Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our state’s golf courses, highlight some of our state’s junior golfers, and introduce the game to the next generation.”

    The GoToWV Team invites the public to stop by the Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Welcome Center on the 17th green to cool off and relax, pick up a fan or lanyard and learn more about all the fun things to see and do in the Mountain State. Beginning Thursday, the Wild, Wonderful Welcome Center will feature TapSnap, an interactive photo booth which will allow participants to post photos live from The Greenbrier Classic to channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Visitors to the Welcome Center are encouraged to share their Greenbrier Classic memories with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

    The Greenbrier Classic runs through July 5. Read more: http://gotowv.com/greenbrier-classic/

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  19. GOVERNOR TOMBLIN PROCLAIMS JULY 13-19, 2015 WV RESTAURANT WEEK, WHICH COINCIDES WITH LAUNCH OF “101 UNIQUE PLACES TO DINE” GUIDE

    Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages local restaurants to participate in celebration

    Proclamation:  (Click to enlarge)
    Submit a Special: GoToWV.com/events/wv-restaurant-week/submit

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (July 1, 2015) – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed July 13 – 19, 2015 as West Virginia Restaurant Week in the Mountain State, which coincides with the launch of the “101 Places to Dine” guide.  Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages local restaurants to participate in the celebration of the state’s culinary heritage.

    “Restaurants across the Mountain State offer unique dining experiences to both residents and visitors alike that truly capture the flavor of Real. West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. “Whether you enjoy farm-to-table eating, upscale cuisine or the variety options in between, there are endless opportunities to enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. Restaurant Week is the perfect week to showcase our state’s robust traditional flavors, and I encourage everyone to take time to experience Real. Mountain State cuisine.”

    “West Virginia Restaurant Week provides a unique opportunity to show support for local food establishments throughout the state,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “Coupled with the launch of the new edition of our popular ‘101 Unique Places to Dine’ guide, this presents folks with a wonderful opportunity to experience Real. Mountain Flavor.”

    All locally owned restaurants are invited to participate in West Virginia Restaurant Week by submitting a special or specials here: GoToWV.com/events/wv-restaurant-week/submit.  In  order to be listed as an official West Virginia Restaurant Week participant, restaurants must commit to running the selected special(s) July 13-19— the entirety of West Virginia Restaurant Week.

    Suggested specials for participating restaurants include:

    • 2-course meal for 2 priced at $15, $20, or $25*
    • A shared appetizer/dessert + a meal selected by the restaurant. This could extend to the full-menu, or be limited to a select few dishes or a special just for the event.
    • Specialty drinks
    • Create-your-own special!

     

    West Virginia Restaurant Week coincides with the launch of the “101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia” which will take place July 13.  Restaurants included in the “101” guide will receive priority placement on the specials listing site, as well as being featured in ads and content for the event.  Select “101” restaurants throughout the state will also serve as sites for official West Virginia Restaurant Week launch events.

    *The price point is at the discretion of the restaurant; however, pricing at a multiple of 5 is encouraged.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  22. Public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, June 13, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, June 13, 2015. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a road maintenance project that also will provide wildlife habitat diversity along the Trout Run Fire Trail. The tour is an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the project firsthand in order to provide written input if they so desire.

    Participants will meet at the Kumbrabow State Forest office. Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water. The tour will involve a 1 to 1.5 mile hike along the existing Trout Run Fire Trail.

    For more information about the tour or to register for it, contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley office at 304-256-6775 or via email, Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov. If you are planning to attend, please notify Breshock by noon Wednesday, June 10, so enough transportation will be available.

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    News Release:  June 5, 2015                 

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

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  23. Barbara Breshock Named Assistant State Forester - Bob Radspinner Set to Retire Mid-August

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Forester Randy Dye announced longtime Division of Forestry (DOF) employee Barbara Breshock has been promoted to the position of assistant state forester of forest management and stewardship effective immediately.

    “Barb has more than proven her abilities over the past decade and a half as the Division of Forestry’s state lands manager,” Dye said. “I am confident she will succeed with her new duties heading up the forest management and stewardship program.”

    Breshock is a 36-year employee of the DOF and has been with the agency since graduating from West Virginia University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management.

    Throughout her career, Breshock has served as forest products utilization forester in Elkins and Kingwood; service forester with fire control duties in the Northern Panhandle; and state lands forester in the southeastern portion of the state. Since 1999, Breshock has overseen all forestry-related activities on the seven state forests managed by the DOF: Cabwaylingo, Calvin Price, Camp Creek, Coopers Rock, Greenbrier, Kumbrabow and Seneca. She helped develop the Guidelines for Managing State Forests and has overseen the updating of forest inventories and management plans for the state forests.

    Breshock has worked with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) on conservation measures for the northern flying squirrel and continues to work on the red spruce restoration initiative. She serves on the Governing Board for the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, is the DOF’s representative for the Hemlock Conservation and Invasive Species working groups, and, since 2003, has been an instructor for the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

    Breshock is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Bob Radspinner in mid-August 2015. Radspinner joined the DOF in 2010 after a career in the private forest industry working for Plum Creek Timber Company and Georgia-Pacific. He grew up in Cabell County and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and wildlife management from Virginia Tech.

    “During the past five years I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented and dedicated people: DOF staff, agency partners, private-sector foresters and non-governmental organizations,” Radspinner said. “Together we have been able to improve services to private landowners in West Virginia.”

    Radspinner counts among his accomplishments streamlining the process and shortening the time for landowners to receive forest stewardship plans and increasing the overall number of forest stewardship plans in West Virginia. He also created e-files to supplement hard copy records of forest stewardship plans and related documents and utilized a technology grant from the United States Forest Service to obtain laptops, software and data collectors for the DOF’s landowner assistance foresters. A longtime Scouter himself, Radspinner led the agency’s efforts on the “Conservation Trail” during the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Radspinner also worked on legislative rule changes pertaining to the harvesting of ginseng.

    “Bob has done more than an excellent job of guiding his program area to a higher standard of quality,” Dye said. “His talents will be missed in many ways.”

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    Photo courtesy Office of the Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (see attached photo): Barbara Breshock has been promoted to assistant state forester of forest management and stewardship. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recognized Breshock earlier this year for being employed by the state for more than 35 years.

    News Release: June 17, 2015                

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Monday, June 22, 2015 aP 12:52 PM