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  • Art & Craft The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair is in its 52nd year. July 2-4 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Read More »

  • Sutton Dam Governor Wally Barron dedicated the Sutton Dam July 8, 1961. The imposing concrete structure – 210 feet high and 1,178 feet long – helps control flooding along the Elk River. Read More »

  • Baseball Professional baseball has been played in West Virginia for nearly 110 years. Read More »

  • Art and science The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston opened to the public July 12, 2003 Read More »

  • Glass Sand Mining One of the highest quality deposits of silica sand in the U. S. is in Morgan County, which gave rise to a sand-mining industry following the Civil War Read More »

  • Opening of camp Camp Washington-Carter was dedicated on July 26, 1942. The camp, at Clifftop in Fayette County, served as the first 4-H camp for African-Americans in the country. Read More »

  • Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

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July 02, 1934: Arden Cogar Sr. was born in Webster County

Woodchopper Arden Cogar Sr., born July 2, 1934, in Webster County, is the winner of many woodchopping competitions. He won nine championships at the highly regarded festival in Hayward, Wisconsin, in 1955. He also competed in Canada and Australia, and in 1965 exhibited his prowess at the New York World’s Fair. Cogar’s woodchopping skills garnered several world records, including a 1978 record in underhand competition for chopping a 1...

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