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Enter your favorite punch recipe in WV Punch Contest

West Virginia’s First Lady Cathy Justice will be hosting a West Virginia Birthday Punch Contest in honor of the state’s 160th birthday.

West Virginia residents can create and submit an original (non-alcoholic) punch recipe.  The top-prize winning recipe will be served at this year’s West Virginia Day Celebration at the Culture Center in Charleston on June 20.

“For generations, punch has always been a beloved drink at parties and family gatherings throughout West Virginia… what better way to celebrate our state’s birthday than with a delicious punch contest,” First Lady Justice said. “We encourage everyone to participate and share their creative punch recipes. The Governor and I look forward to tasting the recipes and selecting a winner that embodies the spirit of West Virginia!”

The recipe can be inspired by WV colors, Appalachian flavors, or family punch recipes. In addition, participants may suggest special garnish to be added to their punch, give details about their recipe, and tell why it is the best punch to honor West Virginia’s birthday.

The deadline to submit a recipe online is June 9. Submissions can be made through https://governor.wv.gov/ by looking for the WV Birthday Punch Contest image.

The deadline to submit a recipe by mail is June 2. Submissions can be mailed to Office of First Lady Cathy Justice, Governor’s Mansion, 1716 Kanawha Blvd., East; Charleston, WV  25305.