Brandon Nottingham
Staff Writer

Ruth Taylor hosted a gathering the Little Levels Heritage Fair Committee at her home in Seebert last Sunday. The committee got together to finalize the plans and coordination for this year’s Little Levels Heritage Fair and Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration which will be held the last full weekend in June.

“I hope the weather is a little more cooperative this year,” said Taylor, former President of the Committee. “We didn’t actually have the nineteenth fair last year due to the flood, so this year we are calling it the nineteenth/twentieth fair. We try to have a different theme every year. This year we will focus on the heritage of music in Hillsboro and will showcase many different musicians. The schedule will be the same as it was going to be last year, with a few minor changes. We are planning to have the BBQ on Saturday, not Friday. And Friday we’ll play host to all of the children’s games. We will also have music playing all day on both Friday and Saturday. Also, people are encouraged to sign up for our parade. Signup will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and the parade starts at 2 p.m. People are reminded that their floats must be heritage related.

“Our focus will be to preserve our heritage, enhance physical and cultural aspects, Pearl S. Buck, and the people of the town. But we hope to also bring joy and information to the community. We try to present a fair based on the heritage of education, agri- culture and religion of the area. We promote only volunteer, local foods, crafts and entertainment that reflects the heritage and quality of life in the area, and we enhance the celebration of the birth of Pearl S. Buck.”

Along with the many events, people are encouraged to join in on this annual celebration, and to donate their time to help make it happen.

“We are hoping to get some volunteers for the fair,” committee president Timothy VanReenen said. We need some people to come out on the Thursday before the fair to help set up tables, chairs and tents. We are looking to start setting up around 10 a.m., to give the grass time to dry off. We would also like to thank everyone who helps out and donates their time to pull this whole thing off. We couldn’t achieve any of this without all the people behind us. The CVB [Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau] with their generous donation of $2,500, and all of the advertising, The Pocahontas Times, Dramas, Fairs and Festivals, the Michael Porter “Do Good Things” Scholarship Foundation, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and all of the individuals who donate their time to help out behind the scenes and on the ground. We really couldn’t do it without all of them.”

The Fair will begin Friday, June 23 and wrap up Sunday evening with a Vesper Service. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted for parking. The fair will be held on the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace grounds, and everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the heritage of the area.

Brandon Nottingham may be contacted at blnottingham@pocahontastimes.com