Top 20: Reason #1

We’ve made it all the way to the number one reason for you and your family to visit the New Deal Festival:

Paul and Hadrian Mullins say hi to one of the horses

Paul and Hadrian Mullins say hi to one of the horses

1. Enjoy a day of affordable family fun – buy your advance tickets online or in the AHI office and save

2. Show off your shooting skill with marbles made right here in WV

3. See original Shirley Temple depression glass

4. Admire quilts made by members of the Arthurdale Homestead Quilt Guild

5. Tour Eleanor Roosevelt’s private rooms in the Arthurdale Inn (now Hospice).

6. Reunite with old friends

7. See original electoral college ballots from the 1936 presidential election in the Fratkin Collection

8. Find out how to turn zippers into roses at the crafts market

9. Enjoy live music from four local bands

10. Climb aboard a horse drawn wagon and tour historic Arthurdale

11. Get up close to hawks, eagles, and owls from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center

12. Visit a WWII military camp complete with original Jeeps

13. Make a button buzzer in the kid’s area

14. Look under the hood of your favorite antique car

15. Enjoy Arthurdale’s famous barbecue chicken dinners

16. Watch blacksmiths turn raw metal into a thing of beauty in the Forge

17. Listen to WV stories about Eleanor Roosevelt in the Esso Station collected by the Traveling 219 Project

18. Talk with children of original homesteaders and learn what pranks they liked to play on their neighbors growing up

19. Meet Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

20. Pet Eleanor the goat and meet her baby Anna

New Deal Festival Offers Something for the Entire Family

Arthurdale Heritage’s New Deal Festival gives every member of the family something to enjoy. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14th and features artisan demonstrations, historic reenactments, museum tours, craft market, antique car, truck, and tractor show, quilt show, supervised kids area with games and activities, and much more.

“We want to show how fascinating history can be. Oftentimes when kids think history, they think of dusty books. At the festival they can learn about Arthurdale, the Great Depression, and World War II as living history,” said Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.

Youngsters can enjoy games and activities geared especially for them in the festival’s supervised kids’ area. This year, they can get up close with hawks, eagles, and owls from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Kids can also take part in old fashioned games like marbles and stop by the little red barn to visit Turbo the “toy” pig, horses, goats, calves, and other livestock. Kids have the opportunity to get hands-on by visiting the World War II military encampment and by talking with descendants of original Arthurdale homesteaders.

One of the most popular events at the New Deal Festival is the antique car, truck, and tractor show. Guests can check under the hood of some of Detroit’s classiest machines from the 1920s all the way to hot-rods and muscle cars from the 1960s and ‘70s. The show, hosted by the Arthurdale Tire Kickers Club, also features antique tractors, including a restored tractor manufactured at the Reedsville Co-Op Tractor Factory.

Tour options allow a closer look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Little Village. Climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon and explore the Arthurdale community. Or opt for an old-fashioned hay ride. Tickets for these specialty tours can be purchased at the information booth the day of the event.

Be sure to bring your appetite. As always, the festival features Arthurdale’s famous home-cooked, grilled chicken dinners. The recipe, kept secret by the descendants of homesteaders is an Arthurdale tradition. Each dinner includes sides and homemade dessert. Also are available are more traditional festival fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and more.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Purchase your festival tickets in advance and save. Online tickets are $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child 6-11. At the gate, admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Parking is free. Advance tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.newdealfestival.org

NDF 2010 Photos

FDR and Eleanor

FDR and Eleanor

Many many thanks to Maria Af Rolén for taking these wonderful photos of the New Deal Festival. Maria is a professional photographer based in Morgantown, WV. She volunteered her services for the NDF and got some beautiful shots!

FDR and Eleanor

FDR and Eleanor

FDR and Eleanor

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FDR (Bill Donogan) at the 2010 New Deal Festival

FDR (Bill Donogan) at the 2010 New Deal Festival

FDR (Bill Donogan) at the 2010 New Deal Festival – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

Taken by Maria af Rolen
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Stained Glass by David Houser

Stained Glass by David Houser

Stained Glass by David Houser – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

Taken by Maria af Rolen
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Eleanor Roosevelt (Patty Cooper) at the 2010 New Deal Festival

Eleanor Roosevelt (Patty Cooper) at the 2010 New Deal Festival

Eleanor Roosevelt (Patty Cooper) at the 2010 New Deal Festival – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

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Antique Car, Truck and Tractor Show at the 2010 New Deal Festival

Antique Car, Truck and Tractor Show at the 2010 New Deal Festival

Antique Car, Truck and Tractor Show at the 2010 New Deal Festival – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

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Kid's Area at E-15 Homestead

Kid’s Area at E-15 Homestead

Kid’s Area at E-15 Homestead – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

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Dan Baker Trio at the 2010 New Deal Festival

Dan Baker Trio at the 2010 New Deal Festival

Dan Baker Trio at the 2010 New Deal Festival – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

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Elsie Clapp (Linda Donogan) (right) and friend (left)

Elsie Clapp (Linda Donogan) (right) and friend (left)

Elsie Clapp (Linda Donogan) (right) and friend (left) – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

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Face Painting

Face Painting

Face Painting – Taken by Maria af Rolen – All rights reserved

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Eleanor Roosevelt (Patty Cooper)

Eleanor Roosevelt (Patty Cooper)

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New Deal Festival Hayride

New Deal Festival Hayride

New Deal Festival Hayride

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Verena Mullins of Charleston, WV in period dress

Verena Mullins of Charleston, WV in period dress

Verena Mullins of Charleston, WV in period dress

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FDR (Bill Donogan) and Josephus Daniels (Jim Barnes)

FDR (Bill Donogan) and Josephus Daniels (Jim Barnes)

FDR (Bill Donogan) and Josephus Daniels (Jim Barnes)

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David Houser demonstrates stained glass making

David Houser demonstrates stained glass making

David Houser demonstrates stained glass making

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Center Hall banner

Center Hall banner

Center Hall banner

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Josephus Daniels (Jim Barnes) assists FDR (Bill Donogan)

Josephus Daniels (Jim Barnes) assists FDR (Bill Donogan)

Josephus Daniels (Jim Barnes) assists FDR (Bill Donogan)

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P.U.R.R. kitten

P.U.R.R. kitten

P.U.R.R. kitten

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Horse-drawn wagon tours

Horse-drawn wagon tours

Horse-drawn wagon tours

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Volunteer Button

Volunteer Button

Volunteer Button

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Antique Car, Truck and Tractor Show

Antique Car, Truck and Tractor Show

Antique Car, Truck and Tractor Show

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Arts and Crafts vendors

Arts and Crafts vendors

Arts and Crafts vendors

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Arts and Crafts vendors

Arts and Crafts vendors

Arts and Crafts vendors

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Hay ride

Hay ride

Hay ride

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Hay ride

Hay ride

Hay ride

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Fiber guild

Fiber guild

Fiber guild

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Horse-Drawn Wagon tours

Horse-Drawn Wagon tours

Horse-Drawn Wagon tours

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