First Lady Justice announces West Virginia Birthday Punch Contest


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

West Virginia residents 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 can enter their recipes below!

NOTE: Entries can also be mailed to the Office of First Lady Cathy Justice
but must be postmarked by June 2, 2023.

Office of First Lady Cathy Justice
Governor's Mansion
1716 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV  25305
“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.

Recipe submissions must include:
  • List of ingredients and recipe
  • Amount of people the recipe serves
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.

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

The deadline for online submissions is June 9, 2023. The deadline for mailed submissions is June 2, 2023.


Contact Information

Jordan Damron,; CJ Harvey,


Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

Office Phone:
304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

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