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Marion County Ready To Celebrate State's 150th Birthday

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Several counties in West Virginia have already started celebrating the state's sesquicentennial.

Marion County has a very rich history and now its residents are ready to celebrate how far it has come.

"I remember as a kid when we had the 100th birthday," said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, (D) West Virginia. "It was a very exciting time. It gives us time to reflect on where we were and where we are wanting to go as a state."

"That's a big birthday and as a commissioner I'm just glad to be part of it and celebrate the state's 150th birthday," said Burley "Butch" Tennant, Marion County Commission.

Marion County was created in 1842 as part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was created from Monongalia and Harrison counties.

"That's a really rich tradition here. It didn't just happen in Fairmont, it happened throughout the county," said Randy Elliott, Marion County Commission. "It's very unique, the historic significance of Marion County and the part it played in the creation of the state of West Virginia."

West Virginia became the 35th state just 21 years later.

Residents said they wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

"It's just beautiful here. It's a nice state," said Jeremiah Shaw, Marion County resident.

Hunter Jones likes the scenery.

"Many states don't have the woods like we do," he said, Marion County resident.

The Marion County from the 1800s and 1900s is nothing like the Marion County we see today.

Historic buildings have been torn down and new ones have taken their place.

"I think it's important that everyone know the history," Commissioner Elliott said. "To know where Marion County came from and how it is formed into the State of West Virginia's celebration."

Marion County will join the rest of the state and hold a big celebration on June 20.

"They have a lot of activities and they want to reach out to the 10 communities in the county to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday," Commissioner Elliott said.

"I think it will be a big busy day," Commissioner Tennant added. "We are just hoping for good weather!"

Many people said they are ready to celebrate.

"Happy Birthday West Virginia," Shaw said.

"Happy Birthday West Virginia," Jones repeated.

There will be plenty of events taking place in Marion County on Thursday, June 20.

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce invites the public in for cake from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, the Marion County Historical Society and Main Street Fairmont have several activities planned.

Some of which include a Farmers Market, a beard contest, an 1860's costume contest, and a civil war bus tour.

You can get a schedule of all of the activities by emailing the Historical Society at

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