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ALDERSON, W. Va (WVVA)--  The Alderson Fourth of July, hailed as West Virginia's Largest Independence Day Celebration, was recently given another award.

It came as a surprise in the planning committee mailbox: The Southeast Tourism Society recently named the festival one of their "Top 20 Events" for the month of July.

Karen Lobban, who sits on the Alderson Fourth of July Celebration Committee, said, "I'm so proud we got this."

She said the committee is already knee-deep into planning the next celebration, which is going to be about more than just the 4th of July.

"It's also the 150th anniversary of West Virginia," she said, "so we will be celebrating both."

They are preparing fireworks, field events, a cook-off, a rodeo, and other entertainment for the week of Independence Day in Alderson.

"Our area is all about tourism," she said, "and we depend on it... Just the advertising about this, it'll be listed in magazines about events across the Southeast. And that's great because it makes more people come."

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