BLUEFIELD, W.Va. –Nearly 200 exhibitors and vendors will participate in the 2019 Bluefield Coal Show, which opens Wednesday and continues through Friday afternoon at the Brushfork Armory-Civic Center.

The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias, will include exhibits and information booths featuring the latest mining technology, underground safety innovations, and mining-related services. A job fair for unemployed miners will take place on the upper level of the armory.

Jimmy Brock, President and Chief Executive Officer of CONSOL Energy, will join local officials and industry representatives for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the show Wednesday morning. National Mining Association President Hal Quinn and Gov. Jim Justice will be among the attendees during the biennial show, which was first held in 1976.

The event will not be open to the public, but unemployed miners will be able to sign up for the job fair at the registration desk near the front entrance.