Offbeat: Defenders of the Homefront by Michelle Evans

The Little Levels Heritage Fair, held annually in Hillsboro, WV, was created based on an old photograph of the Pocahontas County Horse Show in 1915. This year’s festivities will be at the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and is called, “Defenders of the Home Front.” The celebration is in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of WV Statehood and the Civil War Battle of Droop Mountain. There will be traditional music, a grand parade, croquet, arts and crafts, living history, and an old fashioned pig roast. This fair lasts over three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 28th, 29th, and 30th and is chock full of incredible events. We suggest you go to them all!

Little Levels Heritage Fair 2013

The Little Levels Heritage Fair showcases local talent and products. Come out and support LOCAL.

Friday’s events begin with Arts & Crafts on the Front Lawn, 12-7pm. Special Tours of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Featuring Antique Handmade Quilts, 1-3pm. Old Fashioned Barbeque Pig Roast Food Court, 4-7pm. Public Disturbance (Teen Rock), 4pm. Stompin’ Creek Old Time Bluegrass Band, 5pm. Rush Run Philharmonics, 6pm. Events close at 8pm with a Fireman’s Parade featuring muscle cars at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace.

Start Saturday right with Ham Biscuits & Coffee at the Food Court, 8-10am. Check out the Book Sale at Hillsboro Library, 9am. There’s an Antique Tractor and Auto Show in the Southwest Field, 9:30-10am with trophies awarded at 11am. At 10am: the Arts & Crafts opens on the Front Lawn ; Living History Village opens at Apple Orchard/Barn located behind Stulting House ; See the Preserving Pocahontas Display by B.J. Gudmondson ; Tour McNeel Mill at Millpoint ; Take a special tour of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace featuring Antique Handmade Quilts ; Watch The Viney Mountain Boys perform on the Front Porch. At 11am participate in the Walking Tour of Hillsboro at Hillsboro Library ; see the Parade at the south entrance of the field ; and listen to Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters perform on the Front Porch. At 12pm, enjoy Barbeque, Hand-cut Fries, a Bake Sale, and Old-Fashioned Lemonade at the Food Court.

Our goal is to preserve as much of the history and heritage as possible through written stories and pictures of the area. – Fair Committee

Also at 12pm, The Spring Hollow Cloggers perform on the Front Porch. The Heritage Parade starts at 2pm. Richard Hefner & The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys perform at the Front Porch, 2:45pm. At 3pm there’s a Tea Tasting with Donna Barrett of Bright Side Acres and also at 3pm, a Mini Log Race kicks off at Seebert Bridge on the Greenbrier River. The Writer’s Fair starts at 4pm. Music will be provided by the Gigue Saws. Old Time & Civil War Music will be performed at 5pm.

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Our theme “Defenders of the Home Front” honors not only the soldiers who were either in the Union
or Confederate army but pays tribute to those who maintained the home front in their absence.
– Fair Committee

Sunday’s events start with an Old-Fashioned Croquet Tournament at 2pm. Food and beverages will be available. At 2 & 3pm, take a special tour of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace featuring antique handmade quilts. Festivities conclude at McNeel (Old White Pole) Cemetery with a ceremony in memory of the Civil War and all soldiers who served our country. Dick McNeel Road will perform at the Pearl S. Buck tent.

The Food Court is located behind the Log House.
The Front Porch is located in front of the Log House.
The Front Lawn is located in front of the Stulting House.
Millpoint is located at the intersection of Rt. 219 and Rt. 39

Mark your calendars for next year’s fair. It’s scheduled: June 27-29, 2014 and the theme is: “The Little Levels Fair 100 Years Ago.”

Friday’s Events
12:00 – 7:00 pm Arts & Crafts
Front Lawn of Stulting House
Vendor Application – Word Document Adobe PDF
1:00 – 3:00 pm Special Tours of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Featuring Antique Handmade Quilts
$5.00 per person
4:00 – 7:00 pm Old Fashioned Barbeque Pig Roast
Food Court behind Log House
Adults $8.00 ~ Pre-schoolers $4.00
4:00 – 5:00 pm Public Disturbance (Teen Rock)
Jared, Patryck & Ben
5:00 – 6:00 pm Stompin’ Creek Old Time Bluegrass Band
Kody, JJ & Doug
6:00 – 7:00 pm Rush Run Philharmonics
7:00 pm Events Close at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
8:00 pm Fireman’s Parade
Includes Muscle Cars and Entries from 1960 – 1972
Line-up begins at 7:00 pm at Hillsboro Fire House

Saturday’s Events
8:00 – 10:00 am Ham Biscuits & Coffee
Food Court ~ Back of Log House
Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church
8:00 – 11:00 am Registration for Antique Tractor and Auto Show
Southwest field at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Trophies awarded at 11:00 am
Sponsored by Town of Hillsboro ~ (304) 653-4005
9:00 am Book Sale
Hillsboro Library
10:00 am Arts & Crafts open
Front Lawn of Stulting House
Living History Village opens
Apple Orchard/Barn ~ Back of Stulting House
Preserving Pocahontas Display by B.J. Gudmondson
Tour of McNeel Mill
Millpoint, WV ~ intersection of Rt. 219 and Rt. 39
Matt Tate
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Special Tours of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Featuring Antique Handmade Quilts
$5.00 per person
10:00 – 11:00 am Viney Mountain Boys
Front Porch of Log House
11:00 am Heritage Parade Registration & Lineup
South Entrance Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Field
Joel Callison, Parade Chair
11:00 am – Noon Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters
Front Porch of Log House
11:00 am – Noon
Walking Tour of Hillsboro
Hillsboro Library
with Tim Van Reenan
12pm Chicken Barbeque
Food Court behind Log House
Grilled Hamburgers & Handcut Fries
Food Court behind Log House
Barbeque and Bake Sale
Food Court behind Log House
Baked Goods and Real Lemonade
Food Court behind Log House
Noon – 1:00 pm Spring Hollow Cloggers
Front Porch of Log House
1:00 – 2:00 pm Lynn Marie Knight
Front Porch of Log House
1:00 pm Heritage Parade Judging
2:00 pm Heritage Parade
Parade Marshalls ~ Former Students & Members of the Pleasant Green School & Church
Rt. 219 South, Nicholas Street, Payne Street
Parade Chair ~ Joel Callison
2:45 – 3:45 pm Richard Hefner & The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys
Front Porch of Log House
3:00 pm Tea Tasting with Donna Barrett of Bright Side Acres
Mini Log Race
Seebert Bridge on the Greenbrier River
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Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration & Writers’ Fair
4:00 – 5:00 pm Keynote Speaker ~ Joan Browning
“Freedom ~ 150 Years”
Pearl S. Buck Scholarship Awards
Funded by Mr. Michael J. Porter ~ “Do Good Things” Grant
“If the American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.” ~ Pearl S. Buck
Music by the Gigue Saws ~ Paolo & Erica Marks
Birthday Cake & Punch
to Celebrate the June 26, 1892 Birthday of Pearl S. Buck
~ Everyone Invited ~
5:00 – 6:00 pm Old Time & Civil War Music
Bill Hefner Family
Membership in the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation helps to
assure the future of the birthplace and young writers
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Events Close at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace at 6:00 pm
Time to Relocate to
Pleasant Green Church on Seebert Lane
National Historic Register Dedication
of Pleasant Green Church & School

Dedication of DNR Sign for Gordon Scott
First African-American State Park Superintendent

Music by the First Baptist Mass Choir
from White Sulphur Springs, WV

“Memories” – Former Students & Members
of Pleasant Green School & Church

An Old Fashioned Pot Luck – Covered Dish Dinner
On the Grounds ~ Open to All
Bring a dish or just your appetite

Sunday’s Events
1:00 pm Registration for Old Fashioned Croquet Tournament
Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Drawing for $100 Cash Prize
(From Local Purchase Receipts)
2:00 pm Croquet Tournament Begins
Food and Beverages Available
304 653-4430
2:00 & 3:00 pm Special Tours of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Featuring Antique Handmade Quilts
$5.00 per person
8:15 pm Closing Vespers at McNeel (Old White Pole) Cemetery
A Ceremony in Memory of the Civil War and
All Soldiers Who Served Their Country
Dick McNeel Road ~ Rain Location Tent at Pearl S. Buck

– Michelle Evans, LBSPY 35 (June 17-July 1)

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