GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 16: Celebrations, Special and Annual Events
By Topic: Celebrations

GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS


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The Guide to Community Fair Days at Pine Mountain Settlement School (PMSS) provides access to selected years the event was held at the School. The celebration has been nearly continuous.

Community Fair Day is one of many annual events that has a long history at Pine Mountain Settlement School. It started in 1917 as an extension of the Harlan County Fair and the School’s “Farmer’s Day.” Abner Boggs, a Pine Mountain community resident and musician, summed up the iconic day in the 1944 edition of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Notes.

 “The sun is a-shining to welcome 
the day, with a heigh-ho, come 
to the Fair.”

Boggs continues

“Hit’s always right and good for menfolks and womenfolks to have conversation one with another. On this day they were things to eat and folks to eat ’em. They were interestin’ things to look at and folks looked. They were a fine educated man to speak , and I reckon most folk got some benefit out of hit. Them that done the best in any manner of means such as callin’ a hog or raising a turnip got notice took of hit. They were’n’t no discord nor wilful killin’ and shootin’ to interrupt. Hit were a good Fair.”

Like many festive days at Pine Mountain, the Community Fair gathering is a song. It is filled with the lyrical beauty of the community language, children’s laughter, and musicians trained by their own sensitive ear. It is an event that harks back to its early European origins and that is tempered by its contemporary influences.

While the fundamental program of the Fair has remained remarkably consistent, the scale and scope of the Fair have varied from year to year as interest in fairs has waxed and waned in the School, the community, and the nation. The displays of fine turnips, large cushaw squash, and pots of brilliant zinnias and marigolds only seeking a ribbon of recognition, has today given way to booths of vendors selling ideas and wares. The exhibits of old fashioned house-hold gear has moved to museum exhibits in Boy’s House and the stepped bleachers of weavings and quilts lovingly crafted are now displayed among other craft in the large open rooms of Laurel House II. There, they still receive their ribbons of recognition and willing buyers and the murmurs of praise from neighbors.

1933 Fair Day. Viewing exhibits.

1933 Fair Day. Viewing exhibits. [III_campus_life__0767.jpg]

Today, with the increased interest in farming and foodways, there is a renewed interest in fairs, and many communities throughout Appalachia are gathering in fall festivals and fairs to celebrate their home-grown produce, share their talents as basket weavers, potters, weavers of “kivers”, jelly-makers, chow-chow champions, furniture makers, whittlers and gee-haw whimmy diddle diddlers. Music and dance have also maintained a place in the Pine Mountain program.

The memory of the Pine Mountain Community Fair has been passed down through generations in the families of the valley and it is doubtful that the community will soon let go of this important Fall tradition.

Fair Day display of local crafts. [kingman_001a]

This Guide to Community Fair Days at PMSS follows the chronology of the celebration as it was interpreted across the years at the School. While not all years of the Fair are represented in this Guide it is a reflection of the many variations of the community gathering. It is a record of the evolution of the Community Fair as it was celebrated at the School.  The Guide samples the events and provides a window into the cultural changes through the years from 1917 until the late 1940s and beyond.


GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

COMMUNITY. WHAT IS COMMUNITY?

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

GUIDE TO SPECIAL AND ANNUAL EVENTS

COMMUNITY FAIR DAY – History

HINDMAN FAIR DAYS (See 1914-1915)

1914-1915 COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS – Farmer’s Meetings

1917 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1918 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1919 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1920 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1921 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1922 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1923 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1924 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1925 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1926 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1927 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1928 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1929 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1930 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY
1930 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY  (Shackleford)

1931 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1932 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1933 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1934 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1935 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1936 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1937 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1938 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1939 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1940 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1941 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1942 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1943 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1944 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1945 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1946 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1947 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1948 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1949 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY

1950 COMMUNITY FAIR DAY