Local events to celebrate West Virginia Day this weekend
West Virginia Day is a state holiday celebrated every June 20 to mark the anniversary of the creation of the state as a result of the secession of several northwestern counties of Virginia during the American Civil War. Most state government and many county and local government offices will be closed. Call ahead for more information.
Here is a look at local events set to celebrate West Virginia's 151st birthday:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 20, the I-64 E Welcome Center in Huntington will have exotic flowers from the Huntington Art Museum, an Adventures On the Gorge whitewater rafting display, Paul Stowers and his Blue Grass Band, a motorcycle cut-out display for photos, Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, Beech Fork Water Safety and Tuggy the Tug Boat, cookies, snacks, lemonade and punch. All welcome centers in the state are hosting West Virginia Day festivities.
For the ninth straight year, Wayne Worth will celebrate by making a giant birthday card to display from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5th Avenue and 8th Street in Huntington.
Happy After Hours with Blenko Glass is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Blenko Glass Visitor Center in Milton. Special edition vases will go on sale during this event. The "Sunsplash" and "Rainsplash" vases in crystal and topaz and crystal and clover are designed to complement the West Virginia Day Bowl.
West Virginia Birthday Celebration at Blenko Glass starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 21. This year's West Virginia Birthday piece goes on sale at that time. The piece celebrates "Sunrise Over Appalachia" and is a fan-shaped bowl in topaz, green and turquoise symbolizing hope and renewal. The piece is limited to a quantity of 151 and sold on a first-come, first-served basis, one per customer. Each piece is hand-signed by designer Arlon Bayliss and Blenko President Walter Blenko Jr.
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