Wow. That's about the only word to describe yesterday's celebration of West Virginia's 150 years of statehood. From re-enactors of historic times to a state-of-the-art video, light show and fireworks display, West Virginia did herself proud with this party.
I told stories all day with three other storytellers. Adam Booth actually told stories and participated in the Liar's Contest--and won first place! Mikalena Zuckett portrayed Betty Zane and Fred Powers (not pictured) told stories from his life as a miner. I told stories from West Virginia's history--more on that in a later post.
A car show of course--these seem to be part of every festival these days, and certainly attract a crowd.
The balloon cast a giant shadow on a state building, looking for all the world like a giant alien was getting ready to attack. (Thanks, Jason, for making me see it that way!)
The countdown started at 10 minutes. When it got down to 10 seconds, everyone spontaneously began counting down. That was really cool.
And then it started. The Capitol building was the canvas for images of state history that moved in lifelike form across the front.
Near the end everyone sang Country Roads, a song that probably should be our state song.
It was everything I had heard it would be, and more. And yes, getting out of there wasn't easy. We sat for 30 or 40 minutes waiting to get out of the parking garage, but it was worth every minute. After all, I doubt I'll be around for the 200-year anniversary, and I would have been so sad to have missed this big party.
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