The Pine Mountain Settlement School Fair Day is set to begin at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Aug. 25 on the school campus. Community Coordinator Judy Lewis said this year’s fair looks to be one of the most exciting yet.
“Initially in 1913, Fair Day was a time for people in the community to bring in their vegetable and canning exhibits to be judged,” said Lewis. “Since that time, Fair Day has grown tremendously. We still have the vegetable and canning exhibits and the Harlan County Extension Service helps us out with the judging. The winners who receive blue ribbons still get the traditional $1 as their prize. We always have a lot of exhibits and sometimes some very interesting entries.”
To register your exhibits, you may bring your items to the Laurel House between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and winners will be announced at noon.
“Down on the library porch, there will be a book sale with lots of books to chose from,” said Lewis. “This is always a favorite for those who enjoy reading. This year we will also have two authors, Thelma Haley and Darla Jackson, on hand to sell and autograph their books for you.”
Lewis said the fair will feature lots of old-fashioned games for the kids to enjoy, crafters and an assortment of information booths to give out brochures.
“Some of the games for the kids to enjoy will include face painting, fishing pond, bean bag toss, shooting crow, dart balloons and more,” said Lewis. “There will be a variety of music performed throughout the day. We’ll have lots of demonstrators at the fair. David Lewis, of Line Fork, will be there to demonstrate the art of broom making and Fern Cornett, of Pine Mountain will be demonstrating the art of weaving wool on the loom. Maggie Ashmore, of Grow Appalachia, will be distributing literature on gardening. She will also have locally grown produce to sell if people would like to purchase these items. Air-Evac will be here giving out information and their helicopter will land between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“We’ll have a cake walk for kids and adults,” said Lewis. “We’ll have lots of cakes for everyone to win. There will be a corn-hole and horseshoe tournament, both beginning at 1 p.m. Nolan’s Lodge will be having a pig roast, beginning at 9 a.m. until they run out of food. We’ll have homemade Pine Mountain bread and the Pine Mountain Settlement School kitchen ladies will do sandwiches and ice cream on cones.”
During the fair, the Pine Mountain Homemakers will be raffling off a handmade quilt at 1 p.m. The quilt will be on display and you may buy a chance to win for $1 or 6 chances for $5. Jeanette McDaniels will also be at the fair selling homemade pies, candies, jams and jellies.
“We hope everyone will make plans to attend this year’s fair,” said Lewis. “We have a lot of things lined up for everyone to enjoy. It’s going to be a good one.”
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