The residents of Malad Valley would like to invite everyone to the Valley Welsh Festival this year. We are celebrating the rich Welsh heritage that has contributed to The residents of Malad Valley would like to invite everyone to the the quality of life in the settlement of this beautiful valley.
Welsh pioneers were the first to settle in the Malad Valley in the 1860s. One of their many Welsh traditions was an annual cultural arts event called an eisteddfod, with roots going back 900 years. This event was held locally for many years until it was discontinued before World War 1.
Today, Malad Valley has the largest per capita concentration of people of Welsh ancestry outside the country of Wales itself. For that reason, many residents of the Valley wanted to reestablish their Welsh roots. In 2005, after a 90 year break, this annual cultural event, now called the Malad Valley Welsh Festival, once again became a reality.
MALAD VALLEY WELSH FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of 5/15/2015 – subject to change)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Church Cultural Hall)
Displays of Pioneer Family Histories
Displays of Life in Wales
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Church Chapel)
10:00 a.m. Lucie Washburn:“Owain Glyndwr: The Last True Prince of Wales” 11:00 a.m. Cathy Clayton:“The Harp in Welsh Culture” 12:30 p.m. Debra Baldwin:“Caneuon Cymraeg: Learning Welsh through Folk Music” 1:30 p.m. Ron Dennis:“Captain Dan Jones: Fearless Defender of the Faith” (book signing to follow in hallway)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Senior Center)
Quilt Show and Bake Sale (sponsored by Oneida Quilters)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Samaria)
Blue Goose open
Tours of Jenkins-Davis cabin (Aunt Mary Ann’s Goodie Shop)
Self-guided tours of Samaria
11:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Amphitheater)
Welsh/Celtic musical entertainment
Dragon Fyre at noon and 2:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (City Park)
Heritage craft and food booths open
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (City Park)
Community Cookout (sponsored by Oneida County Senior Center)
Noon – 3:00 p.m. (Library)
100th Anniversary Exhibit and Book Sale
Noon – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel Malad)
Photography Exhibit and Competition
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (begin in City Park)
Wagon tours to historic cabins in Malad
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Museum)
Oneida Pioneer Museum open
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Church Chapel)
Youth Music Concert
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (Church)
Presentations on History of Malad Valley by MMS 8th grade students (book signing to follow)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Church Chapel)
For more Schedule information Click Here.