From R.D. Bailey Lake to Twin Falls Resort State Park, Wyoming County agencies, businesses and organizations will be sharing the best of Wyoming County today.
Approximately 30 businesses and agencies will descend upon Charleston for the 10th annual Wyoming County Day at the Legislature.
Christy Laxton, Wyoming County Economic Development Authority executive director, along with David Lord, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s director of operations for the Wyoming-McDowell Campus, and Pineville Mayor Tim Ellison have been working for weeks to finalize plans for the 10th annual event.
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“I have been part of the planning and implementation of this event since its inception, along with Tim and Christy,” Lord said.
“It not only promotes, by showcasing, the county to those in Charleston, but it allows us to make connections with other businesses and agencies here in the county.
“During the first event, I met someone from a local coal mine and our discussions led to scholarships for students here in Wyoming County,” Lord noted.
“I am proud of where I live and work, and I enjoy showing others the jewels we have here in the county,” he emphasized.
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“This year, we will have around 30 exhibits decorating the entire upper rotunda of the West Virginia Capitol,” Laxton said.
“Our hope is what it has always been, to show Charleston what Wyoming County has to offer. The organizations and small businesses in Wyoming County are some of the best across the state of West Virginia and we want to showcase that to the legislators.
“Although our economy is weak due to the downturn in coal, we want to show them that Wyoming County is still here,” Laxton noted. “We want to show them that we still believe in Wyoming County, the organizations, the small businesses, and the passion that we all have for our rural county in southern West Virginia.
“There are many obstacles to face in the future, but if we can all work together and come together as one, we can continue to make Wyoming County a great place to live, work and play.
“We will continue to promote the beauty, the recreational opportunity, and the quality of life that Wyoming County has to offer. This day is the day for us to showcase that in Charleston, to those that never make the trip to the southern part of the state, and to those that live in the county, to highlight some of the things that we all take for granted.
“God has provided us a wonderful place to live and we need to embrace it and make it the best that it can be for those that live here and those that come here to visit,” Laxton emphasized.
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Participants and legislators will also receive a 10th anniversary commemorative coin, Laxton said.
Additionally, the Wyoming County SADD Chapter, which has been selected as the National SADD Chapter of the Year, will be honored during annual ceremonies that will include Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
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Exhibits will be displayed in the upper rotunda from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided by Ole Jose Mexican Restaurant.
A reception is scheduled in the Governor’s Mansion from 4:30 to 7 p.m.