Huntington has always been my home, even though I grew up in Ohio. I’ve considered the small town of Proctorville a suburb of Huntington. As I crossed the 31st St. bridge (Frank Gatski Memorial Bridge), I have always leaned my head back to look through the glass so I could soar into the sky. I’ve enjoyed many birthday parties at Billy Bobs, Skateland, and Colonial Lanes just to name a few.

I believe my love for festivals has blossomed because of this town. Huntington loves festivals.  Every year, our city hosts numerous events encouraging the community to socialize all while benefiting a worthy cause. No summer is complete without the WV Hot Dog Festival (even for this vegetarian) while fall brings crisp air, Greek Fest, ChiliFest, and (my favorite) The Pumpkin Festival. Most recently, The Italian Heritage Festival, which was held on our downtown streets, has been added to the list.

Now, more than ever, there is always something exciting going on in our city. Most of these events are free or inexpensive for families. The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District encourages residents to get outside and enjoy the wonderful scenery in one of our fourteen gorgeous parks. The eight Cabell County Public Libraries focus on strengthening the minds of our community while keeping children (and parents) entertained.

We are… home to Marshall University. A university that is continually growing each year in students and academic opportunities. The Forensic Science graduate program has ranked number one in the country for its students receiving the highest overall test scores, compared to other graduate programs participating in the Forensic Science Assessment Test.

Residents have become an integral part of the growth of this great city.  Many more are becoming involved in neighborhood groups that work alongside the local government. More local businesses are thriving because of continued downtown revitalization and community support. Huntington residents care what happens to the people and places around them.

I’ve worked downtown for over sixteen years while living in the city for almost eight of those. I’ve seen the changes within our city. I’ve never been more excited about what our community is becoming. I’ve created memories. I’ve created a life. I’m happy to say Huntington is my home.

I encourage you to voice your opinion on why Huntington is America’s Best Community. Just be sure to follow your post with the hashtags listed below.

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