Check out the Malad Valley Welsh Festival

The Malad Valley Welsh Festival celebrates the Welsh heritage of Malad (Oneida County), Idaho, which was settled in the 1860s by Welsh Mormon pioneers. The Festival features presentations about Welsh culture, traditions, language, family history research, literature, and music; with performances by Celtic dancers and musicians.

What type of festival is it? (festival genre): Culture fest

Address of festival:
10 South 100 West
Malad City, Idaho, 83252
United States

Expected Attendance: 1200

Openings for vendors still available to purchase?:

Yes and vendors are allowed to create and sell custom event products

These events display life in Wales past and present; pedigree charts, census records, and family artifacts from the first 25 families to settle Malad Valley; quilt show; wagon rides to historic sites; tours of historic cabins and churches; pioneer games for kids of all ages; film festival of Welsh travel films and feature movies; community breakfast and lunches; food and home craft vendors; kids parade; and biathlon. The 4-day Festival is held the last weekend in June in Malad City Park and other sites around the Valley. The 10th annual Welsh Festival will be held in 2016. Admission to all events except the community meals is free

12th Annual Malad Valley Welsh Festival information

Dates and times:

June 26 – June 28, 2015


The residents of Malad Valley would like to invite everyone to the Malad Valley Welsh Festival this year. We are celebrating the rich Welsh heritage that has contributed to 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.


Top events to see at the Malad Valley Welsh Festival

  1. presentations on Welsh culture, history, language, literature;
  2. choral concert;
  3. displays of Welsh life past and present;
  4. performances by Celtic musicians and dancers;
  5. family history workshops

Top 5 best words to describe the Malad Valley Welsh Festival

informative, entertaining, educational, fun, worthwhile

 

MALAD VALLEY WELSH FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(as of 5/15/2015 – subject to change)

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

 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)
Presentations:

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)      

Choir Concert  

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

7:00 – 9:30 a.m. (City Park Pavilion)

Community Pancake Breakfast (sponsored by Samaria Community Foundation)

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)

Presentations:
10:00 a.m. Cathy Clayton: “The Harp in Welsh Culture”

11:00 a.m. Ron Dennis: “Captain Dan Jones: Fearless Defender of the Faith” (book signing to follow in hallway)

12:30 p.m. Lucie Washburn: “Owain Glyndwr: The Last True Prince of Wales”

1:30 p.m. Debra Baldwin: “Caneuon Cymraeg: Learning Welsh through Folk Music”

 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Presbyterian Church)

Tours and refreshments

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (City Park)
Heritage games (sponsored by MMS MathCounts Team)

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (begin in City Park)

Wagon tours to historic cabins in Malad

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

10:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Hotel Malad)

Photography Exhibit and Competition

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (City Park)

Heritage craft and food booths open

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (City Park)

Heritage games (sponsored by MMS MathCounts Team)

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Amphitheater)

Welsh/Celtic musicians and dancers

Dragon Fyre at noon, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m.

Noon – 3:00 p.m. (Library)

100th Anniversary Exhibit and Book Sale

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Museum)

Oneida Pioneer Museum open

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Church Chapel)

Piano-Duet Concert

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Relief Society Room)

British Isles Missionary and Missionary   “Mom” Reunion/Party

6:00 p.m. (Amphitheater)

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