By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
After 150 years, West Virginia still looks pretty good.
Marion County volunteers worked together to make a big birthday party for West Virginia in downtown Fairmont Thursday afternoon with cake, costumes and community spirit.
“It was a group effort,” said Gena Wagaman, who spearheaded the project with the help of Main Street Fairmont and many volunteers. “We come to the Main Street Fairmont conversations on Thursdays and a group of us got together and said we ought to have a party.”
They lined up more than 30 vendors and numerous events to make West Virginia Day this year something extra special.
At the opening ceremonies, Academy for the Arts singers from Fairmont State University, led by Leigh Anne Bolyard, performed “The West Virginia Hills” following a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for West Virginia.
Todd Anderson, regional coordinator for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s office, delivered a message from the senator, who was unable to come to the event. “It is an honor to be a part of history as all West Virginians join together to celebrate a century and a half of our great state’s rich culture and strong traditions,” the Marion County native wrote.