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The West Virginia Day celebration, marking the state’s 150th birthday, was bigger nowhere than in Charleston. “It’s a great day to be a West Virginian,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said June 20. “One hundred fifty years ago, the American experiment was in grave danger as the War Between the States raged on. Out of the darkest chapter of our nation’s history, came a light — the great State of West Virginia was born. There is no place like West Virginia. We have a unique spirit, friendly people who are faithful to our American values, and we love our home. It deserves to be celebrated as our state turns 150 years old.” And celebrate we did — with fireworks and films, cakes and concerts. Among the concerts in Charleston was a Live on the Levee FestivAll show in conjunction with the sesquicentennial celebration. Fayette County’s Charlie McCoy, pictured above, performed for the crowd.