By February, the staff had selected four photographs as contenders for the magazine's cover, and asked its readers to pick the cover for the sesquicentennial issue.
They chose a photograph of young cousins Drew and Lyla Davis sharing a large red chair and a giggle. Their grandfather, Roger Davis, of Parkersburg, took the picture at 5:04 p.m. at the Butcher Family Farm in Washington, Wood County.
Another finalist was from the Butcher farm, a photograph of colorful gourds taken at 2 p.m. by Andrea Perine.
"[T]he collection of images in this issue tells a visual story of one day in the life of West Virginia. It is a testament to the values we hold dear and a tribute to the land we love and cherish. Looking through it, I found a renewed sense of spirit seeing my beloved state through the fresh eyes of so many," Spangler writes in the June issue.
With the special issue, the magazine is now available on iPad format for $12 for 12 issues. Print subscriptions are $18 and a combination of print and digital is $20. The newsstand price per issue is $3.
Wonderful West Virginia is published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. To subscribe, call 800-225-5982 or visit www.wonderfulwv.com.
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