West Virginia May 05, 2016
11 Things That Made The ’80s So Great In West Virginia
Did you grow up in the ’80s? If so, get ready to take a stroll down memory lane. Here is a look at 11 things you will remember if you grew up in West Virginia in the ’80s.
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1. Birthday Parties At Billy Bob's
If you lived in or near Barboursville birthday parties were always held at Billy Bob’s. To add to the fun and games, Billy Bob’s pizza is delicious.
2. Going To A Drive In Movie
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Growing up in the '80s, watching a movie at a drive in was always way cooler than going to the cinema.
3. Going To The Roller Rink With Your Friends
Friday nights and Saturdays were spent doing circles at the local roller rink with your besties.
4. Talking To Your Friends On A Corded Phone
In the '80s, kids talked to each other. There was no texting or Facebooking. Communication was done by telephone while you wrapped the cord around your fingers.
5. Shopping At Hills Department Store While Munching On Free Popcorn
Kids never complained about shopping at Hills because they were given a free bag of freshly popped popcorn to munch on while shopping.
6. Harlem Globetrotters
The Globetrotters made repeated visits to West Virginia in the '80s. They always performed in front of a full house.
7. Going To Burger Chef
If you went out for a burger in the '80s, it was to Burger Chef.
8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring Mathew Broderick, was the teen hit of the '80s. Most teens saw the movie with their friends more than once.
9. Charleston Sternwill Regatta
People packed into Kanawha Boulevard to watch the sternwheels go by and to enjoy live music. The Regatta is greatly missed today.
10. Visiting Camden Park
Families headed to Huntington to have a family day at West Virginia’s oldest and coolest amusement park.
11. Mr. Yuck Stickers
Who could forget parents putting Mr. Yuck on everything that posed a danger to children?
The ’80s were a great time packed full of adventure and fun. What’s your favorite memory from West Virginia in the ’80s?