New Deal Festival

Thank You! A Successful New Deal Festival

At Arthurdale, history is fun. Those who came to the New Deal Festival on July 13 enjoyed the toe-tapping music, food, and demonstrations of historic crafts. Weaving provided employment for numerous homesteader families in the 1930s and ‘40s, and a new exhibit commemorates that connection to the past. Many enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon tour of the historic community. An eagle from the West Virginia Raptor Center made the children ooh and aah. The antique cars, trucks, and tractors on display did the same for their elders. Hope to see you at the next festival on July 12, 2014!

A HUGE THANKS to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped to make it a success. We cannot thank you enough, and we would not be able to host this event without you!

Check out event photos on our Facebook page.

New Deal Festival is Saturday, July 13!

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Step back in time to 1933 at the New Deal Festival this year to experience President Franklin Roosevelt’s first year in office and the beginning of the New Deal. Celebrate the unique history of Arthurdale with a day of food, arts & crafts, living history, and more.  Tour the historic community on a hay wagon ride, stop by the antique car and tractor show, and see artisan demonstrations.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a New Deal celebration without a visit from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt! Chat with the President and First Lady, and don’t miss their address to the crowd at 11:30am.

We have a great line-up of local blues, country, and folk bands this year, including Mahajibee Blues, Triadelphia, Black Horse, and Soup Camel Music.

Speak with children of the original homesteaders at the E-15 Homestead, and brush up on your Arthurdale history. WVU Librarian and HELM Committee member Anna Schein will bring a display on rag rug weaving in Appalachia. The exhibit will be set up in the Service Station, so be sure to stop by.

The festival also features delicious food, children’s activities, a crafts market, horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more!

Save money, buy your tickets in online. Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 – 12. At the gate, general admission is $8 and children ages 6 – 12 are $5. Children under 5 get in for free.

Remember, volunteers attend the Festival for free, so contact the office if you are interested in volunteering to setup, work a shift at the event, or cleanup.

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Thank You!

Thanks for attending this year’s New Deal Festival! Thanks to all the volunteers for all your help. We had a fantastic turnout and it was a lot of fun.

We will be posting pictures of the event soon.

Please let us know what you thought of the event. We value any and all feedback we receive.

Hope to see you next year!