CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sesquicentennial week is here.
Workers on Monday hoisted six blue banners between the columns on the state Capitol's south side. The banners feature the state's sesquicentennial logo, drawings of the Capitol dome and a big birthday cake, along with the big gold numerals "150."
The banners will hang on the Capitol all week, remaining through the 150th birthday celebration this weekend.
Crews also spent Monday afternoon installing projectors for a special 3-D movie about the state's history.
The six-minute film, titled "150 in 3-D, A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride," will be screened directly onto the Capitol. The banners will be lowered each night for the film and then raised again following the screening.
The production requires nine high-tech projectors, each shining at 26,000 lumens.
For comparison, a standard 60-watt incandescent light bulb produces 800 lumens. The projectors are similar to those used in IMAX theaters, although those films require only two projectors.
The film is set to premiere at 10 p.m. this Thursday, June 20 -- West Virginia Day. Additional screenings will be 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The projectors also will remain in place through this weekend's festivities. Chelsea Ruby, executive director of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, said Capitol police will provide 24-hour security to prevent any thefts or vandalism.
Capitol police also will head up security for the sesquicentennial celebration, but will receive assistance from the State Police, the Charleston Police Department and the Division of Natural Resources.
Coolers are strictly prohibited, Ruby said, and large bags will be subject to searches by security personnel.
She said attendees should plan to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Ruby said the Sesquicentennial Commission has held meetings with its security team for months as officials planned for the events. The Capitol will remain open throughout the weekend, but its wings will be closed off at night.
Parking will be available on the Capitol campus at metered spots and in the employee parking garage, although Ruby said those spots are expected to fill quickly.