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July 12, 2012
We’ve made it all the way to the number one reason for you and your family to visit the New Deal Festival:
1. Enjoy a day of affordable family fun â€“ 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 Rooseveltâ€™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 kidâ€™s area
14. Look under the hood of your favorite antique car
15. Enjoy Arthurdaleâ€™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
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July 8, 2012
Arthurdale Heritageâ€™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.
â€œWe 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,â€ said Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.
Youngsters can enjoy games and activities geared especially for them in the festivalâ€™s supervised kidsâ€™ 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 â€œtoyâ€ 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 Detroitâ€™s classiest machines from the 1920s all the way to hot-rods and muscle cars from the 1960s and â€˜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 Rooseveltâ€™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 Arthurdaleâ€™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
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July 5, 2010
The New Deal Festival’s TV spot is now airing throughout north central West Virginia, western Maryland, and southwestern Pennsylvania. Click below to check it out.