• Wheeling, WV in Wheeling, WV

What better way to start the holiday season than by gazing in awe while driving the six-mile stretch that spans over 300 acres covered with Christmas Lights. The presentation extends into the first week of January and received a number of nods from AOL Travel and the Travel Channel. Using energy efficient LED lights, masterminds of the event create illuminated displays of everything from whimsical fairytale scenarios to traditional holiday icons. See the massive polyhedron star containing over 2,000 lights as it glows from the hilltop. Marvel at a scene from Cinderella and the 60 foot tall candle and wreath display. The festival truly captivates and entertains all.

This unique gathering provides the opportunity for communities across the country to compete for the coveted title of Best Tasting Water. Participants are judged on bottled and tap water in still and sparkling categories. Purified water is also included in the event. This February weekend contest additionally provides the public with the option of choosing their favorite.

For nine days beginning in the second week in May, the community invites strawberry lovers to this annual event that focuses on the beloved fruit. See the parades, enjoy the carnival and taste the distinct flavor of freshly harvested strawberries. Vendors offer a variety of foods using the delicious strawberry as an ingredient. Crafters and hobbyists provide a number of handmade items, many of which have a strawberry theme. Other scheduled activities include block parties and street dances.

This extravagant nine day event starts during the second week of August and provides all of the fun and thrills that one would expect from a state fair. Considered by many to be a five-star event, the fair always has something for everyone whether born and raised in the country or the big city. Walk through the hundreds of animal exhibits, cheer at the rodeo, ride the carnival rides and see the many live demonstrations and shows. Enjoy the selection of carnival foods and see big name entertainment provided at nightly concerts.

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