Arthurdale Heritageâ€™s New Deal Festival is giving people of all ages a chance to step back in time and Remember 1941. The festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9th 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. This year, the festival looks back on Arthurdale at the cusp of Americaâ€™s involvement in World War II in 1941.
â€œThis year, focus is on life in Arthurdale and America, in 1941, right before Americaâ€™s involvement in World War II. Our activities are designed not only to entertain guests, but also to teach them about life in the 1930s and â€˜40s and get them interested in the history of Arthurdale,â€ said Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.
New to the festival is the Fratkin Collection. Housed in the New Deal Homestead Museum, this collection is on loan from Robert & Susan Fratkin and features original FDR campaign posters, Civilian Conservation Corps badges, National Recovery Act posters, and much more. The Fratkin Collection is a special opportunity for guests to see rare objects that have never before been displayed locally.
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.