If you're looking for a college town that offers both history and good eating, Huntington, West Virginia, should make your short list. Huntington holds several festivals every year, complete with the chili cook-off of Chilifest in September. Cooks with secret recipes come from all over West Virginia and other states for a chance at the prize for best chili. A Civil War festival commemorating culture and fallen soldiers also takes place every year.
As far as education goes in Huntington, it is a tragic but triumphant story for Marshall University, which in 1970 lost its entire football team in an airplane crash. The close-knit Marshall University community has grown back to be stronger than ever, both in sports and academics. Huntington colleges and universities produce qualified medical professionals for the excellent cancer, heart and neuroscience medical facilities here, some in connection with Marshall University. Students of medicine and nursing at Huntington colleges and universities can expect to find learning opportunities at St. Mary's Medical Center and Cabell-Huntington Hospital.