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TERRA ALTA -

The town of Terra Alta celebrated West Virginia's 150th birthday in style, with living history and some residents even dressed in 18th century garb.

The streets were bussling with hoop skirts and sun umbrellas. One of those outfits belonged to Brenda Walker.

"My mom made it. I like to give her projects," said Walker, Terra Alta resident. "I like to say here do this! So we picked up a few things, and I did make a saddle bag so I could be accurate there."

The day wasn't just about dressing up and food booths. There was also plenty of music.

"The Community Chorus there's a lot of Civil War tunes and some West Virginia songs and some, kind of, historical bluegrass numbers," Walker said, who also sings in the community chorus. "and we're doing some old hymns and things like that kind of to fit the theme of the day."

The Terra Alta betterment community put the event together with the help of the entire Terra Alta community.

"You know it's taken so many people to actually pull this off I mean there's just been hundreds of people that have helped us pull this together," said Deborah DeWitt, co-coordinator.

Photos from early years of Terra Alta were also hung up around the area for people to look at and learn more history the town.

"I think it's really nice. This is the first time I've seen them do something like this with kind of a historical feel to it," Walker said. "and everybody's really enjoying it and wanting to be a part of it. All day long I've seen different people and the kids getting to do "Mr. and Misses Pioneer," they really like that. So I think it's good for the town to get more events like this."

Festivities went on all day and into the night.