CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia is giving away gifts for her birthday. Thanks, mountain mama!

When the Mountain State turns 154 on Tuesday, the state Division of Tourism will give away one #AlmostHeaven vacation package every hour.

The giveaways for West Virginia Day will be the grand finale of a two-week #AlmostHeaven social media blitz that inspired thousands of mountaineers to share images of why they love their home state so much.

“We are thrilled with the response we’ve gotten from this campaign as West Virginians continue to flood the internet with beautiful images of Almost Heaven West Virginia,” Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby stated in a news release.

“In just two short weeks, campaign reach has topped eight million and continues to grow.”

The West Virginia Day giveaways will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Prize packages include free overnight stays, meals and activities at select locations across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Day featured prize package includes a winter getaway for four at Snowshoe Mountain.

“What better way to celebrate West Virginia’s birthday than having people share all of the great things about the state we love and call home?” Ruby stated.

“Please help us continue the momentum throughout West Virginia Day.”

To participate, post a West Virginia image to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #AlmostHeaven. Winners will be selected from randomly from an #AlmostHeaven hashtag search on social media, so participants must make their posts public to be entered to win.

To view the giveaways, see the top posts or download campaign graphics, visit

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