Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Welcome Centers to Host WV Day Events

Travelers encouraged to stop for entertainment, refreshments, giveaways and more

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — In celebration of the West Virginia’s 153rd birthday on Monday, Welcome Centers around the state will host events for travelers passing through. Food, giveaways, live music, re-enactments, kid’s activities and more will be just part of the day’s festivities. Travelers are encouraged to take photos and share them on social media using #GoToWV.


I-81 North Welcome Centerhttps://wvtourism.com/event/west-virginia-day-celebration/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
Belle Boyd interpreter — Trisha Strader, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Spinning Wheel Demonstration — Carol Slovikosky, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Old Friends Quartet Entertainers, noon – 2 p.m.
Bloomery Plantation Distillery, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hampton Inn and Comfort Inn
Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Giveaways:  Postcards, bookmarks, cookbooks, activity books, pencils, and other miscellaneous items

Refreshments: Party wraps, cookies, hard candies, fresh fruits, and water

Partners: Orr’s Farm Market — Homegrown fruits and vegetables


I-79 South Welcome Center https://wvtourism.com/event/wv-birthday-celebration-79-welcome-center/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
Morgantown CVB, Morgantown LaQuinta Inn, Morgantown Best Western, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Pat Harper (dulcimer player),10 a.m.-noon
Greg Short (acoustic music), 1-2 p.m.
Norma Rittenhouse (dulcimer player), 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Green Turtle Mascot, 11 a.m.
Jennifer Smith (Civil War Period Dress), 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fred “Powerhouse” Powers (Living History Coal Miner), 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Giveaways: Gift Cards from area restaurants and businesses: Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Cheddars, Boston Beanery, Chili’s and Primanti Brothers. Movie passes from Carmike Cinema and a Family Fun Pack from Coal Country Miniature Golf.

Refreshments include: Pepperoni rolls, WV birthday cupcakes, doughnuts, coffee, cookies, water, candy and snacks.

Refreshments provided by: Chico’s Bakery, Giant Eagle at University Town Center , Tim Horton’s, Sheetz, McDonald’s, Walmart


I-81 South Welcome Centerhttps://wvtourism.com/event/wv-day-celebration-2/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
Tim Eggleston ( WVTIM with geocaching)
Matthew Clopper (Civil War Enthusiast)
River Riders
Keara Heck (Queen Pomona; Apple Harvest Queen)
Tara Price with Black Draft Distillery
Dillon Farm Museum

Refreshments include: Pepperoni rolls, water, fruit, cookies and candy

Refreshments provided by: Sheetz, Berkeley Springs Water, Orr’s Farm Market, Walmart


I-70 West Welcome Center https://wvtourism.com/event/west-virginia-day-celebration-2/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
Hampton Inn Wheeling
WV Northern Regional Highway Safety
Holiday Inn Express
Wheeling WV CVB
Marshall Co. CVB
Heritage Port / Ogden Race
Local music by Cabin Fever
Wheeling Police
Suburban Extended Stay
Oglebay’s Good Zoo
AAA “Operation CARE” Travel Safety
Fairfield Inn by Marriott
Wheeling / Triadelphia Fire and Rescue
Smart Centre Wheeling — Libby Strong (Hands on Science)

Refreshments include: Cake, hot dogs, hamburgers, pepperoni rolls and candy

Refreshments provided by: Ye Olde Alpha, Sheetz


I-77 South Welcome Centerhttps://wvtourism.com/event/77-wv-day-celebration/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
Smokey Bear
Abe Lincoln (Portrayed by John King)
Martha Harris (Award Winning Quilter)
Mid-Ohio Valley Flywheelers Association
New Era Kite Club
North Bend State Park
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Ripley Convention and Visitors Bureau
West Whitehill (The Wine of WV)
Lily The Therapy Dog Bulldog
Live Bluegrass Music – Buck, Randy, & Friends; Al Barnett; and Straight Edge

Refreshments:  Pepperoni rolls, smiley cookies, snow cones, popcorn, Mr. Bee Potato Chips, Pepsi products

Refreshments provided by: AVI, Eat’n Park, Mr. Bee Potato Chips, Pepsi


I-64 East Welcome Centerhttps://wvtourism.com/event/west-virginia-day-celebration-64-east-welcome-center/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
US Army Corps Of Engineers Water Safety with Tuggy the Tug Boat, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Paul Stowers and the Blue Grass Band, 1 p.m.
Huntington Art Museum Exotic Flower Display

Variety of Refreshments!


I-68 West Welcome Center https://wvtourism.com/event/52965/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
Wereth 11 display
The Tuskegee Airmen
Ed Johnson with MH3WV (My Hills, My Heritage, My Home)
Greater Morgantown & Preston County CVBs
Smokey Bear
WFSP Radio Station
Best Western in Morgantown
CCC Museum.

Refreshments: Birthday cake, coffee, iced tea, and water.

Refreshments provided by: M&M Bake Shop, Bruceton Mills


I-64 West Welcome Center https://wvtourism.com/event/wv-day-celebration-3/

Entertainment and Exhibitors:
Music provided by American Heritage Music Hall
Pocahontas County CVB,
Greenbrier Historical Society
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg
Hampton Inn Lewisburg
Quality Inn Lewisburg.


Rivers Expeditions – Rafting trip to the 153rd visitor on WV Day

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad – Train ride on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

Refreshments: Pepperoni rolls, cookies, and water.


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This post was last updated on June 17, 2016