RIPLEY - It doesn't take long when speaking to Main Street Ripley Director Paula Casto to figure out that she is passionate about the city of Ripley. She seemingly has more energy than three toddlers after a sugar rush.
"Ripley has all of the good things that small towns are made of and many advantages of larger cities. It is a great place to raise your family," said Casto.
On June 22, Main Street Ripley will celebrate the State of West Virginia's 150th Birthday on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn. There will be birthday cake and ice cream for all in attendance and you and your family are encouraged to attend and be a part of the celebration.
Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader will be on hand to handle microphone duties as only she can do.
Bob and Terri McCloy will be donating the ice cream through their business, Dairy Queen of Ripley. Over 500 servings of ice cream will be distributed.
"Since we purchased the business five years ago we have wanted to turn it back into Ripley's own. We can't think of a better way to this than to be a part of Main Street Ripley's celebration. We take pride in giving back to the community," said Terri McCloy.
Wendy and Ron Crawford, owners of Sweet Dreams Chocolates of Ravenswood will provide the cake for the party.
"Anytime we can do something in the community we make the effort. My husband was a Ravenswood High graduate and I was a Ripley graduate. We have been very blessed. This will be the biggest cake we have made but we are up for the challenge."
Entertainment will be provided by Jackson County's own Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys. The boys will make some beautiful noise from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The boys will be performing double duty on this day as they will also perform later that evening in Charleston for West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's scheduled celebration at the State Capitol.
Main Street West Virginia is also celebrating a birthday along with Main Street Ripley. Main Street West Virginia celebrates 25 years of service and Main Street Ripley has served the community for 15 years.
"We are so excited for this event. It is going to be an amazing day for friends and families to gather and celebrate our great state of West Virginia," said Casto.
There will be artists and crafters on hand with booths set up on the lawn.
The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m.
Main Street Ripley is currently searching for crafters for the event. Please call 304-372-1637 or stop by the new Ripley Main Street office (109 North Court Street) for more information.