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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: June 16, 2014

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

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


Sissie Summers, Parks and Recreation Section 304-558-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov

Celebrate West Virginia Day Weekend June 20-22, 2014 at West Virginia State Parks

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Day, June 20, falls on a Friday in 2014, opening up the whole weekend to a variety of outdoors activities at West Virginia's state parks. Planned events include a Civil War encampment, concerts and birthday parties. Here is a list of planned activities for West Virginia Day weekend, June 20-22, but check www.wvstateparks.com frequently as new events are being added.

Happy Birthday West Virginia! June 20 at Blennerhassett Island State Park

            Board the Island Belle sternwheeler, visit the island and enjoy birthday cake. It's West Virginia's 151st birthday Friday, June 20, 2014. Free cake served at 1:30 p.m. as long as it lasts. 304-420-4800

Civil War Battle Reenactment June 21-22 at Blennerhassett Island State Park

            To celebrate the state's birthday, visit with reenactors, historians and encampments on the island. The camps are open to the public during the entire weekend. Blennerhassett Island also will be the setting for a re-enacted Civil War battle each day, June 21 and 22. Departure for the island Saturday, June 21, is from Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio  A 1860 Baseball Game Saturday, mansion tours and games are part of the weekend festivities. 304-420-4800

West Virginia Day June 20 at Prickett's Fort State Park

            On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state to enter the Union. Come to Pricket's Fort State Park to help celebrate West Virginia statehood. Half price fort admission June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 304-363-3030

West Virginia Day Weekend Celebration June 21-22 at Camp Creek State Park

            A statehood birthday weekend celebration at Camp Creek State Park's amphitheater! Bluegrass Music Saturday from 1 - 6 p.m. and gospel music Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m. Food concessions will be sold on both days by the Camp Creek State Park & Forest Foundation. Free admission. 304-425-9481

EPCD District Dash 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk, June 21 at Cacapon Resort State Park

What kind of footprint will you leave on Earth? Cacapon Resort State Park and the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District will be hosting this event with a goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles as well as a healthy environment. Support this mission and the youth by participating in this event, enjoying the beautiful scenery of Cacapon State Park and interacting with the environment.  For overnight reservations, call Cacapon Lodge at 304-258-1022 or visit www.active.com/berkeley-springs-wv/running/races/district-dash-2014-6356021 to register.

Focus is on Family and Nature at North Bend State Park

            The North Bend State Park nature center introduces visitors to the state's natural heritage. Other activities Friday, June 20, include a Tunnel 13 Hike at noon; "Venom and Poison" program about snakes in West Virginia with discussion about the "state snake," the rattlesnake; a 6 p.m. Fishing Derby and a 9 p.m. Night Hike The weekend schedule includes a Saturday 8 a.m. bird walk, hikes, geocaching and other outdoor activities.  North Bend posts planned activities on the "To Do" tab on www.northbendsp.com .

            Other activities are scheduled at state parks this weekend, including storytelling at Pipestem Resort State Park, a dinner train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, a 5K run at Cacapon Resort State Park, a Halloween party at Tomlinson Run State Park's campground, and a bluegrass concert at the Pipestem Resort State Park amphitheater. For details on these and other events, visit www.wvstateparks.com or call 1-800-CALL-WVA.


Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  A Civil War encampment and battle reenactment will be part of the West Virginia Day celebration on Blennerhassett Island State Park June 20.
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  A Civil War encampment and battle reenactment will be part of the West Virginia Day celebration on Blennerhassett Island State Park June 20.