James Island County Park in Charleston, South Carolina. Various recorded versions of Country Roads echoed throughout the park, fan favorites from The Pride of West Virginia (The Mountaineer Marching Band) blared from the speakers and the names of Oliver Luck, Bob Huggins, Bill Stewart and Dana Holgorsen dropped into conversations so easily you could almost picture them mingling throughout the crowd of Mountaineer Alumni and friends. Blue and gold were the predominant colors for the day and the flying WV logo was everywhere.
The Lowcountry Chapter of the West Virginia University Alumni Association was gathered for it's annual BBQ Bash and Pepperoni Roll Cookoff at the park. South Carolina, and particularly the Lowcountry is now home to a rather large contingent of WVU Alums, so large a group that sometimes it is joked that South Carolina is the largest county of West Virginia. It is nearly impossible to leave your house and drive five miles without seeing a car or two with the familiar flying WV logo. I often throw on a WV ballcap for trips to the mall or grocery store, and invariably I will walk past somebody who will say, "Let's Go Mountaineers." Strangely enough, there were even some Virginia Tech Hokie fans in attendance, I guess since they copied the flying WV logo and modified it for their own VT logo they might as well crash our parties.