Overflow parking will be available at the Civic Center in downtown Charleston and Laidley Field on the East End. KRT trolleys will provide transportation to and from the Capitol grounds from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ruby said there will be 32 portable toilets at the Capitol Complex this weekend, including eight that are handicap accessible. Attendees also will be able to use restrooms inside the Capitol building.
Workers will begin installing tents today to accommodate the artisans, food vendors and state agencies that will set up booths on Saturday.
Ruby said more than 40 craft vendors plan to attend, selling a variety of items including silver flutes, books, paintings and pottery. Food will include fruit cobblers, bratwurst, barbeque, hamburgers, hotdogs, spring rolls, fried fish and more.
"There's really something for everyone," she said.
The state plans to hand out more than 15,000 pieces of birthday cake this weekend at the Culture Center, which also will be open for tours of the state museum.
Plenty of sesquicentennial memorabilia also will be available, including coffee cups, T-shirts, hats, water bottles, key chains and special-edition prints by Charleston artist Charlie Hamilton.
For the philatelists, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil its special West Virginia 150th birthday stamp at a ceremony on Thursday. Appearing at that event will be Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin.
Postal Service workers will be on hand to offer "first-day cancellations" of the stamps, as proof the stamps were purchased on their release day. The post office also will sell the stamps on Saturday.
Ruby said so far the weather is looking good for this weekend. It likely will be hot, but the chance of rain is only about 10 percent each day.
"It's going to be warm, but we're thankful it's not going to rain," she said.
Taxpayers will contribute about $133,000 to the sesquicentennial events. The full cost will be released after the events have concluded. Costs exceeding the $133,000 mark will come from private sponsors.
Ruby said the sesquicentennial commission also gave $200,000 to communities around the state for their own sesquicentennial celebrations. That money was allocated to the commission by the Legislature.
For more information on this weekend's festivities, visit www.wv150.com.
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