MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia turns 151 this year, and in birthday tradition, Blenko Glass in Milton is preparing to sell its annual birthday piece.
Nearly two dozen people were already lined up Wednesday to get of the special pieces. The sale starts Saturday at 8 a.m.
This year's piece is called Sunrise Over Appalachia. According to Blenko, this fan-shaped bowl in topaz, green and turquoise is a symbol of hope and renewal. It is dedicated to the people of the Mountain State as they remember their past yet also look to the future; to the promise of a brand new day.
There will be 151 pieces for sale at $130, plus tax. They are first come, first serve and you can only get one.
Each piece is hand signed by the designer Arlon Bayliss and Blenko President Walter Blenko, Jr.
Mary Douglas, of Cross Lanes, is already camped out. She tells WSAZ.com that she called ahead and when she found out someone was already in line, she headed to Milton to make sure she would get one of the glass pieces.
Douglas said she has been coming out to the event, and standing in line for days, for five or six years. She says she always tries to be one of the first dozen in line.
"All of us like to be up front here. We can be together and enjoy each other's company because we just get to see each other once a year. We just enjoy being up here together," Douglas said.
This is the 34th anniversary that Blenko is creating a WV Birthday piece.
There will be an after hours event Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., where you can get the special edition "Sunsplash" or "Rainsplash" pieces. This complementary vase to the WV Day Bowl is available in Crystal/Topaz and Crystal/Clover. Each vase is 7”-8” high approx.. Each vase will be etched WV Day and Blenko 2014 on the bottom. They will be $54.00 each and quantities are limited.