‘Birthday Punch’ contest announced in honor of W.Va. Day


CHARLESTON, WV – First Lady Cathy Justice announced, on Thursday, that her office will be hosting a Birthday Punch Contest in honor of West Virginia’s 160th birthday.

Residents of the Mountain State are invited to 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, 2023.

Participants may enter online here: Birthday Punch Contest Entry

“For generations, punch has always been a beloved drink at parties and family gatherings throughout West Virginia, and what better way to celebrate our state’s birthday than with a delicious punch contest,” 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 West Virginia’s colors (blue and gold), Appalachian flavors, or a family punch recipe.

Recipe submissions must include:

  • List of ingredients and recipe.
  • Amount of people the recipe serves.

Additionally, 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.

One grand prize winner will be selected and additional prizes will be awarded during the West Virginia birthday celebration on June 20th.

The deadline for submissions is June 9, 2023. 


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