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About Our Area

This greater Bluefield area was shaped in its early days by a rich tradition of railroading and mining, referred to as the "Gateway to the Southern Coalfields." Mining still provides a part of our economy in the region, bu now education and healthcare are two of our strongest industries and represents the largest employers in the area. Our public education system as well as private and public colleges and universities are a strong attraction to our neighborhoods. In addition, we have some of the best technical education opportunities all of which work to train our ready and willing workforce. Our area hospitals, clinics and express care facilities offer complete medical services. 

We are known as Four Seasons Country and our mild climate is the envy of those living in other regions. The Chamber is proud to continue serving free lemonade on the rare occasions when the temperature reaches 90 degrees. Our climate and proximity to major cities makes us an attractive destination for business as well as a great retirement location.

 

Lemonade Days

Whenever the temperature hits ninety degrees in Bluefield, folks wait in line for their free glass of lemonade.  Why?  This is "Nature's Air-Conditioned City" and it rarely gets that hot.  Bluefield, West Virginia is perched high above the Bluestone and East Rivers at an altitude of 2,612 feet above sea level.  When it does, the Chamber of Commerce serves the community lemonade to cool down!  This marketing tactic was developed by Chamber of Commerce Manager Eddie Steele in 1939.  Due to the mild temperatures of Bluefield, lemonade was not served until 1941.  The campaign has brought nation attention to Bluefield through the decades.  Lemonade is free to all and served across the two Bluefields by "Lemonade Lassies," made up of young women from the community.  Lemonade doesn't flow freely though.  For example, between 1960 and 1982, lemonade was only served once due to the mild summer weather.  Othertimes, the lemonade cannot come quick enough.  In 1988, the Chamber served lemonade a record seventeen times that summer and in 2007 a record of eighteen days of lemonade was set. Official temperatures are recorded at the Mercer County Airport.

Our thanks go to sponsor Kwik Kafe for the donation of free lemonade served to the community on these special days.

 

Contact the Chamber

Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 4098
Bluefield, WV 24701
304.327.7184
info@bluefieldchamber.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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