WANT TO GO?
15th annual Ribfest
WHERE: Across from Dow Chemical, MacCorkle Avenue, South Charleston
WHEN: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
COST: Adults $5, children 6-12 $2 (includes free carnival ride), children 5 and under free. (Food not included in price.)
INFO: 304-444-2921 or www.charlestonwvribfest.comMusic on Thursday starts at 7:30 p.m. with Wyatt Turner performing at 8:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Even a little bit of fame can open all kinds of doors. Sometimes those doors lead to new opportunities: a chance to make more money or grow that first blush with success into something bigger.
Pocahontas County native Wyatt Turner might know something about that.
His love song, "You Remind Me of West Virginia," a tribute to his fiancée, Holly Hayden, became a viral sensation after Turner released it on YouTube in June. It has currently been viewed more than 160,000 times on the website.
The country singer/songwriter, who performs Thursday night at Ribfest in South Charleston said, "[The song] opened so many doors. I've not stopped moving. I've been so busy. The demand has been so high; it's ridiculous."
The song was something the 23-year-old came up with while traveling home to Stony Bottom from Nashville.
"I was looking for a good hook for a love song to write about Holly," he said.
Hayden is from Mill Point, also in Pocahontas County.
He said, "I met her at one of my very small, acoustic shows. She walked in, and I just couldn't take my eyes off her."
Turner said he was thinking about her and the song he wanted to write when he crossed the state line and spotted the welcome sign.
"It said, 'Wild and Wonderful.' I kind of took that and ran with it."