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  • Babcock State Park Opened July 1, 1937, Babcock State Park was built as a public works program during the Great Depression. Read More »

  • Art & Craft The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair at Cedar Lakes Conference Center began in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. Read More »

  • Civil War Site West Virginia dedicated Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park on July 4, 1928. Droop Mountain was the site of one of the most important Civil War battles fought on West Virginia soil. 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 »

  • Helvetia photographer Born in Helvetia on July 8, 1894, amateur photographer Walter Aegerter documented life in the Swiss village, such as the Helvetia Star Band in 1912. Read More »

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

  • Opening of camp Camp Washington-Carver 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 »

  • Special exhibit: Helvetia This West Virginia community was settled by a small group of Swiss immigrants in 1869. The 20th century brought great change, but residents still celebrate their culture and traditions. Read More »

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July 02, 2004: The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair included 200 artists and craftsmen

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The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair, held annually during the Fourth of July weekend at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, began in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. Representatives of the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and Education met with Cedar Lakes personnel to plan the state’s first fair exclusively for the arts and crafts.

Fifty-four artists and craftsmen participated in the ...

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