“Remember 1941” at the 2011 New Deal Festival!

Celebrate the remarkable history of the New Deal at Arthurdale Heritage’s annual New Deal Festival Saturday July 9, 2011. This year the festival looks back on Arthurdale at the cusp of America’s involvement in World War II in 1941.

This one day event has something for everyone – an antique car, truck, tractor, and motorcycle show, artisan demonstrations, craft market, museum tours, plus a quilt show and tours at the original Arthurdale Inn which is now Hospice Care Corporation.

A 1941 military recruiting station will be set up at Center Hall and an army tent and equipment will be on display on the lawn of the restored house E-15 near the car show. The nearby children’s activity area will include a menagerie of farm animals, old-fashioned games like marbles, and a “make your own classic toys” area.

The New Deal Homestead Museum has a special new exhibit containing items from the Fratkin Collection. This amazing collection features political memorabilia from FDR and New Deal era and items from the Civilian Conservation Corps.

At Center Hall’s front porch there will be 5 musical groups playing a variety of music including old time country, classic jazz, and bluegrass. Arrive hungry so you don’t miss out on the delicious grilled chicken dinners, charbroiled hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. Top off your meal with ice cream or chose from the selection of homemade desserts!

Gates open at 9 am with a flag ceremony, musical performances begin at 10am, and gates close at 5 pm.

Purchase your 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/adult or $15 for 2 adults and $5.00 for children 6-11. Ages 5 and under are FREE. Parking is free. Order online at to receive your discount.

For details, visit the website at, email, or call 304-864-3959.


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Volunteers are always appreciated and welcome. New Deal Festival volunteers will receive free admission! If you would like to volunteer at the New Deal Festival, contact AHI at:


After the New Deal Festival enjoy the Preston Community Arts Center’s Old Time Radio Show Dinner Theater in Kingwood! The show stars Dave Wills as the radio announcer and features Shirley Temple, Fibber McGee and Molly, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Kate Smith, and more celebrities and songs from the 1940s. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.  Two ticket options are dinner and show for $25 or dessert and show for $15. Dinner reservations must be made by July 2. Call 304.329.6336 to reserve your seat.

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