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Fairmont, W.Va.

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Fairmont, W.Va.

Fairmont’s nicknames include “The Friendly City” and “Home of the Original Pepperoni Roll.”

Special Interests:
Opened in 1921, the bridge now known as the Robert H. Mollohan Bridge connects downtown Fairmont with Palatine. This engineering feat stands as the largest reinforced concrete arch bridge in West Virginia.

Glimpse into the past with a visit to Pricketts Fort State ParkMarion County Historical Society Museum or the Telephone Museum. The Mon River Trail, connecting Fairmont with Morgantown, provides a scenic setting for walking, jogging, cycling or cross-country skiing.

Signature Events:

  • The Feast of Seven Fishes celebrates Christmas Italian style. Let this street festival put some zest into your December with tasty Italian cooking, music, arts and crafts and entertainment.
  • The music scene sizzles in July with the Johnny Johnson Blues and Jazz Festival. The annual event features top name entertainment, great food and family fun.
  • The Chocolate Tasting Tour makes visiting participating businesses a real February treat.


Major employers include the Marion County Board of Education, Fairmont State University, Aegis Communications, Fairmont General Hospital and Consolidated Coal.

Fairmont is a key location along West Virginia’s I-79 Technology Corridor, a 73-mile region that includes more than 300 technology firms and vast research capabilities. High-tech entities in Fairmont’s vicinity include NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation’s BEACON (Biometric Experimentation and Advanced Concepts center), NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility and more. 

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