W.Va. 150th Celebration Cost Nearly $140,000

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission spent $138,285 for a four-day celebration of the state's 150th anniversary at the Capitol.

The Associated Press reports that the largest expense was a 3-D movie that was projected onto the Capitol facade. The state paid $50,000 of the movie's $175,000 cost. The remainder was paid with private donations.

Other expenses included $21,400 for souvenirs and $21,000 for musical entertainment.

The celebration in June also included nightly fireworks, a parade and a car show.

The commission also provided $233,000 in grants to other celebrations across the state.


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