Community Fair Day at Pine Mountain Settlement School is set for Saturday, with music, food and crafts available for all.
Pine Mountain Executive Director Geoff Marietta said the event has been going on for almost as long as Pine Mountain Settlement School has existed.
“It’s really a community celebration to highlight a lot of the great work that’s going on in the community and to celebrate the coming of fall,” Marietta said. “We’ve got a lot of things happening. We’re going to have vendors and food sales. PMSS will be selling dinners, ice cream and pizza.”
Marietta said the Nolen Lodge will be roasting a pig.
“We’ll have a dunking booth, inflatables and games,” Marietta said. “We’ll also be giving away free school supplies to all the kids that show up. Will also have a cake walk, and we’re going to have some live music.”
“Marietta explained all the activities will be happening on the Pine Mountain Settlement School campus.
“Last year we had around 400 to 500 people show up,” Marietta said. “It’s pretty big.”
Marietta said the Harlan County Extension Office will be holding a competition in the Laurel House for people to showcase their canned goods and best handcrafted items.
The school’s website, http://pinemountainsettlementschool.com/events.php?view=details&id=39, states exhibits of vegetables, flowers, crafts, etc. may be registered for judging in Laurel House from 9-11 a.m. Winners will be announced at noon. The categories are: Food Preservation, Baked Items, Garden Vegetables, Flowers, Quilts and Crafts.
According to https://pinemountainsettlement.net, the Community Fair at PMSS has its origins in what appears to be ancient European traditions as well as more contemporary ideas. The street fairs of Europe with their balladeers, minstrels and plays find many echoes in the early Pine Mountain events. Later celebrations seem closer to the agricultural fair where animals and produce were displayed and judged for quality. Marguerite Butler, an early worker at the school, wrote home to her mother about the Fair celebrated by the school as early as 1917.
The fair will also feature information and craft booths, cake walks and displays on the playground beginning at 9 a.m. There will also be hamburgers, hot dogs and pig roast dinners available.
Admission is free.
To register for a booth or more information, contact Community Coordinator Judy Lewis at 606-558-3571.
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