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Welcome Centers Celebrate West Virginia's 151 Birthday

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Happy 151th! June 20 was West Virginia Day. People from the PA line, all the way down through the state were celebrating at Welcome Centers on the interstates. They were teaching people traveling through and residents all about the past, present, and future of West Virginia.

"That's what we do on a daily basis," said Janice Lester, the Supervisor at the I-79 Southbound Welcome Center. "We have information on the state parks, to the zip lines, white water rafting, the Greenbrier resorts, the spas."

Welcome Centers across the state had events going on through out the day.

There was a car cruise, treats, and a living history demonstration at the I-79 Southbound Welcome Center coming into the state from Pennsylvania.

Trevett Summers, 15, taught travelers, including Dean Boerger an Ohio resident traveling to Washington D.C., all about West Virginia's role in the Civil War.

"It's a big time because we've been here for 151 years, last one was a big one because it was 150," said Summers. "What separated us was of course slavery, and rights, but also the boundary was set by mountains. They said okay well the plantations in Virginia, we'll keep it there, and we'll just take the mountains and hills. That's how West Virginia sort of got it's shape."

Boerger said the history lesson was a pleasant surprise.

"It was educational too, it got me to talk to them, and I'm kind of a history buff myself so I learned a few things," Boerger said. "The young man was veryknowledgeablee on guns and how they were used during the Civil War and the different types of guns that were used. It was very educational."

The I-79 Southbound Welcome Center has up to 2,000 visitors a day this time of year.

Local businesses had booths and even donated food to welcome the interstate travelers on their way through.

"The West Virginia delicacy, pepperoni rolls, from Chico's Bakery. A lot of people don't have a clue what pepperoni rolls are, which I'm sure you know. So, it's just so fun to watch the visitors come in and say what's this? Once they have a bite they're sold."

Boerger said he enjoys traveling through the state, and often does.

"Great people of West Virginia. I always enjoy passing through here. They're always very friendly and a nice place to visit."