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News Release: June 13, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Pam Salisbury, Blennerhassett Island State Park Pamela.D.Salisbury@wv.gov; 304-420-4800

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Celebrates West Virginia Day June 20 with Special Events

            PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – On June 20, 2013, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will honor the 150th anniversary of West Virginia becoming the 35th state on this date in 1863.  The public is invited to this birthday celebration beginning at 1 p.m. on Blennerhassett Island. 

The Thursday afternoon activities and entertainment include:

  • Scott Cain will be on the island playing Appalachian music on the hammered dulcimer.
  • Dr. Ray Swick will give a presentation about West Virginia’s statehood.
  • Free birthday cake and ice cream will be available.
  • The Smoot Theater Boys Barbershop Quartet groups will sing in concert.
  • The park will provide free bike rentals and games for families to play, including corn hole, croquet, and stick and hoop. 
  • The popular horse-drawn wagon ride tours, mansion tours, bike rentals, gift shop and snack stand also will be available.

            “This is a time for us to reflect on our heritage and, as residents of West Virginia, to be reminded of our state motto, ‘Mountaineers Are Always Free,’” said Pam Salisbury, Blennerhassett Island activities coordinator.

            The Island Belle Sternwheeler departs hourly for Blennerhassett Island from Point Park in Parkersburg, beginning at 11 a.m. with the last boat leaving from the island at 4:30 p.m. The boat ride is fee-based and tickets are available at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History at 137 Juliana Street near Point Park.

            The Blennerhassett Museum will have a display of West Virginia themed quilts created by area quilters. These quilts were entered during the annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt show and will be on display from June 20 through July 8, 2013.

            For more information about West Virginia Day on June 20, activities on June 21-23,  and other events and evening activities, 304-420-4800 or visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com, “Events.”