GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 15: 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 as quoted in the 1944 edition of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Notes.

 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.

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.

Like many festive days at Pine Mountain, this community festival has a song that goes with the event and that harks back to an early English origin.

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

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 the many years represented in this guide are not reflective of all the years that the Community Fair was celebrated at the School, it samples the event and provides a window into the cultural changes through the years from 1917 until the late 1940s.


GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS

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GUIDE TO COMMUNITY FAIR DAYS

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

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