PARKERSBURG - A contest encouraging West Virginia natives to vote for their favorite county was started Tuesday by a West Virginia senator to commemorate the sesquicentennial.
"West Virginians are so incredibly passionate about this wild and wonderful place we call home," Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said. "In particular, our people love the counties and communities where they grew up, each of which has its own unique culture, history and sense of place."
The contest ends on West Virginia Day, June 20, when a winner will be announced.
A Mail Pouch sign painted on an old barn in Calhoun County is the photograph in a contest by Sen. Jay Rockefeller to commemorate the West Virginia sesquicentennial. Votes by liking a photograph will be taken until West Virginia Day on June 20.
West Virginia is the only state to have been formed from the Civil War by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. The western counties loyal to the Union split from the confederate Virginia and became the 35th state, West Virginia, on June 20, 1863.
Beginning Tuesday, visitors to Rockefeller's Facebook page will see an album featuring photographs of each of the 55 counties.
Votes are by "liking" a photograph. Likers can also share their special story or memory in the comments.
"I have my own memories spending time among the rolling hills of Pocahontas County, having family dinners at my home in Kanawha County or visiting with friends at fairs and gatherings from Jefferson County over to Wayne County," he said. "I'd like to hear about your special memories."
The winning county will be featured in photographs as Rockefeller's cover photo throughout 2013.
"I hope folks everywhere will join me in celebrating all that West Virginia is and all that it does for our country," Rockefeller said. "West Virginia truly is 'Almost Heaven.'"
West Virginia Day was established in 1927 by an act of the West Virginia Legislature.