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Bluefield, W.Va.

Bluefield, WV

At 2,655 feet above sea level, Bluefield is West Virginia's most elevated city. The thriving town’s moderate summer climate has earned the title of "Nature's Air Conditioned City."

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On the infrequent days that the summer temperatures exceed 90 degrees, the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce serves free lemonade, a fun promotion that draws attention to the community’s mild weather.

Bluefield proudly host the Toronto Blue Jays associated team (Bluefield Blue Jays).

Eight miles north of Bluefield sits Bramwell, once the richest small town in America with as many as 19 millionaires. Many of the lavish mansions were built at the turn of the century by coal operators.

The former City Hall built in 1924 lives on as the Bluefield Area Arts Center. This Classic Revival style edifice is home to the community theater troupe Summit Players Theater and several independent businesses.

Bluefield is home to a variety of attractions and restaurants:  the “Ridge Runner” train, East River Mountain Overlook, The Baldwin House, Brainerd’s Gallery, Blue Mountain Performing Arts, Bluefield Performing Arts Center, Bluefield State College, the East River Mountain Town Band, the Summit Theatre, the Summit Players and 4PALS community theatre groups, the Bluefield City Park (Tony Lotito Park) antique and boutique shopping, great outdoor recreation and a variety of eateries: The Rail Yard, Portabello’s, Savory Haven Café, the Internet Café, and Patty Jo’s.

Bluefield City Park (Tony Lotito Park) includes approximately 10.5 miles and six named trails offering degrees of challenge.

Signature Events:

  • Bluefield Downtown Street Fair each July features music, vendors, auction, downhill derby and more.  The Bluefield Lemonade Festival in August offers lemon themed events, concerts, vendors and much more.
  • Twice a year, the private owners of the elegant mansions built by turn-of-the-century coal operators open their houses for public tour. The Bramwell Tour of Homes takes place the second Saturday in June and December.
  • Model train displays attract enthusiasts to the Railfest Model Train Show, sponsored by the Pocahontas Chapter of National Railway Historical Society in November. ,
  • The Holiday of Lights transforms the night with colorful displays Thanksgiving through December 31. The season decorations are showcased in Bluefield City Park.
  • Other festivities include the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival with carnival, crafts and more takes place the beginning of June; the Bluefield Lemon Drop each New Year’s Eve; the Winter Warmer in February; the Blue-Gray Horse Show in July; the Bramwell Oktoberfest each October; and the Southern WV Italian Festival in October.

Bluefield industryIndustry:

Major employers in the area include Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Dish Network, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Rish Equipment, Bluefield Daily Telegraph and City Hall.

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