MARTINSBURG – At the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority board meeting on Monday, there was a discussion regarding the Berkeley County 250th celebration, which is scheduled to begin on New Years Eve with the grand opening of the Discover Berkeley History exhibit at the Martinsburg Public Library. .
West Virginia Eastern Regional Airport CEO Nic Diehl said the airport was heavily involved in the celebration.
“We are involved with the Berkeley County Council to help celebrate the 250th Berkeley next year. We will be having an on-site event here at the airport on July 3, ”said Diehl.
The event at the airport on July 3 will feature a stage, live music, speakers, flyovers with planes and a large evening fireworks display.
“We are anticipating a pretty nice crowd,” added Diehl.
At the meeting, there was a conversation about the merits of possibly including entertainment from Berkeley County school choirs and / or orchestras in the celebration.
“This celebration will culminate with all other events throughout the year,” said Diehl.
All proceeds generated from the commemoration events will benefit the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Council, with funds specifically earmarked for park and recreation trail capital projects in the City of Martinsburg and County of Berkeley.
Berkeley County Council Vice-Chairman Jim Whitacre was present at the meeting and said there had been commemorative coins that had been produced and the county was eagerly awaiting the celebration.
“The county is preparing well for this,” Whitacre said.
Berkeley County 250th Steering Committee chairman Matt Umstead previously said the committee has also launched a sponsorship campaign to invite businesses and other individuals to participate in family events.
“Every contribution received, whether large or small, will benefit efforts to promote history education, public recreation and community pride throughout Berkeley County,” Umstead said.
Diehl mentioned that the Berkeley County Development Authority had pledged $ 10,000 sponsorship for the event.
“All the events, collectively, are going to be so enjoyable,” Diehl said.
With events starting as early as New Years Eve before the Main Street Martinsburg Apple Drop, there are several festive activities and events that anyone can participate in until December 31, 2022.
At the Martinsburg Public Library, the official opening reception for Martinsburg will take place from 2:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on New Years Eve, in coordination with the Main Street Martinsburg Apple Drop. There will be a series of exhibits to celebrate the history of Berkeley County, and more will be organized in conjunction with the Berkeley County Historical Society, the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association and Main Street Martinsburg.
More information on the history of Berkeley County, as well as the 250th commemoration events and sponsorship opportunities, can be found on the official commemoration website at www.berkeleywv250.com.
Moreover, during the meeting, Diehl added that the airport has had another busy month. In addition to the new solar electric vehicle charger at the site, Diehl said they expect a few electric chargers to arrive in the spring.