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Downtown Parkersburg is the place where we come together to make our downtown a place for everyone to enjoy.


This is the place to think outside the box, to give warm welcomes, and take pride in your city. 


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Vacant Storefront Program

Downtown PKB’s Vacant Storefront Program’s (VSP) primary objective is to re-purpose vacant storefronts until they can be filled with permanent tenants or residents. This is accomplished by occupying vacant storefronts with visually attractive window displays produced by creative individuals and organizations. This not only gives potential exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their work, but draws attention to what otherwise is an empty space.


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Pole Banners

Downtown PKB’s Design Committee has recently added several decorative banners which serve to welcome visitors to our downtown community. Banners are changed out quarterly to freshen up Market Street and provide some colorful signage to downtown. This past fall we will be launched our Veteran themed Adopt -A-Banner Program. A limited number of pole banners were available for the community to honor and remember the memory of a special veteran in their life. Banners are on display through the next installation downtown.

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Selfie Station Art Contest

Calling area artists! Want to participate in the Selfie Station Art Contest? Downtown PKB's Arts and Culture Committee needs your help with their efforts to create a more visually appealing downtown. Here is your chance to use your artistic skills to improve your community! We are asking you to design a selfie station/mural that will be painted on the Avery Street side of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. The winning artist will be commissioned to paint their work on that wall. The space for the outdoor selfie station/mural is approximately seven feet by seven feet. The surface of the exterior wall is Dryvit surface similar to stucco in texture. This mural design is to be done with local river history in mind. There will be a freestanding captains wheel installed in front of the mural. What might you see as you cruise down the Ohio? What is unique to this area?

Deadline: March 8, 2019 Cost: There is no fee for entry
Who can enter: Artists age 16 and older
Reward: You will be paid $500 to paint your image on the wall for everyone to enjoy. You can sign your work and take a selfie!
Contest Theme: The theme is “Rolling on the Ohio River”!
Submission Process: Email your work to Please attach a good quality JPEG, PNG or TIFF image. In the body of the email include In the body of the email include your name, the title of your work, your email address and phone number. If you have exterior mural painting experience or mural samples you may include that information in the body of your message. Include a materials list, including the products that you intend to use for priming surface and finishing/sealing the completed mural.

-All works submitted for the competitions must be original works of art. No reproductions of copyrighted or other material will be accepted.

- Think about how people will interact with this selfie station. How will they stand to take their photo?

- If your image is selected, you will have six weeks from that announcement to complete the painting of the selfie station/mural.

- Direct questions to or