Other activities in Charleston on Saturday include a parade, free sternwheeler rides on the Kanawha River, a chili cook-off, a vintage car show, and a food and craft festival.
"It's been a privilege to help plan this historic event," Ruby said. "I won't tell you I'm not tired."
Charleston will hardly be the focal point.
The Legislature will hold its three-day interim meetings in Wheeling - the state's first capital - starting Wednesday. One of the highlights is a Thursday night concert with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra at Heritage Port that will include performances by Johnny Staats, Kathy Mattea, and "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
There will be some athletic tie-ins to the celebration.
Baseball was a favorite activity for Civil War soldiers. In honor of that, next Saturday a game with vintage uniforms will be played under 1865 rules between the Pittsburgh Franklins and the Fulton Mules of Ohio at the Bridgeport Recreation complex. A question-and-answer session before the game will give the public a chance to learn about what soldiers' lives were like.
"It's learning about history through sports," said Michelle Duez, executive director of the Greater Bridgeport Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a great opportunity for citizens to get a glimpse into the past through these guys' eyes."
And a look back on the history of West Virginia wouldn't be complete without the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who represented West Virginia in Congress for six decades. An exhibit honoring him will open next Friday at the state museum at the Capitol complex.
Ruby said she has talked to hundreds of callers who shared their memories of West Virginia's 100th birthday celebration in 1963 and are looking forward to creating new ones this year.
"We're hoping people across the state, whether they come to our celebration or go to their own, we want to make sure and that they're excited about the birthday and that they're proud to be West Virginians," she said.
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