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More in Store to Celebrate West Virginia's 150th

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Thursday night's West Virginia celebration went off without a hitch, and there are a few more events planned for Friday.

At 6 p.m., you can head to River City Ale Works for "Beers and Beards," it's a unique event to take a look back at Civil War-Era beards. When West Virginia rose to statehood, the country was in the middle of the Civil War and razors were in short supply, and shaving in the battlefield proved risky due to infection. Organizer Jeremy Morris says it's a great way to honor the men who brought West Virginia to statehood.

If facial hair isn't quite your thing,  head to West Virginia Independence Hall at 7 p.m. for the Blue and Grey Choir concert.

Cap off the night by heading to the riverfront movie at Heritage Port: "Lincoln."

On Thursday night, crowds packed Heritage Port for the West Virginia Day concert. Performances started at 4:30 in the afternoon and featured the Wheeling Symphony and guest performances by Johnny Staats and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

The night ended with a fireworks display at the riverfront.

Earlier in the day, Independence Hall was the site of celebrations, where the exact sequence of events from June 20th, 1863 were recreated for the first time since that day 150 years ago.

The Wildcat Regimen Band played Civil War era songs, bells tolled around the city of Wheeling, a 35-member choir sang the Star Spangled Banner and two historic speeches were recreated  followed by a salute from re-enactor soldiers and a volley of canon fire.

The gathering closed with three cheers for West Virginia, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Mayor McKenzie was in attendance, as well as many other city and state officials.

The friendly city wasn't the only site of celebrations, Weirton Residents of all ages got in the celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday too. Kids had the opportunity to learn about the history of the state at the Weirton Museum and Cultural Center. There were games, crafts, a photo booth and tours of the museum for families to take part in. A birthday cake was accompanied by the singing of happy birthday to West Virginia.

View a slideshow of the events here.

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