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June 24 – June 26, 2016 

Reserve those dates for the 12th Annual Malad Valley Welsh Festival

 

Malad Valley residents invite everyone to the Malad Valley Welsh Festival to celebrate 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.

Eisteddfod was celebrated locally for many years until World War 1. In 2005, after a 90 year break, this annual cultural event, now called the Malad Valley Welsh Festival, once again became a reality.

Today, Malad Valley, Idaho, 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 enjoy reestablishing their Welsh roots.

 

MALAD VALLEY WELSH FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

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: “Yr Hen Ogledd: The Ancient Welsh in Scotland”
11:00 a.m. Boyd Roberts: “The History of the Roberts Family in Oneida County”

1:30 p.m. : Wil Aaron:“Walking Wales: Sites and Sights”

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 – 3:00 p.m. (Amphitheater): Welsh/Celtic musical entertainment

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  (City Park): Food and home craft booths open

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (City Park):  Community Cookout (sponsored by Oneida County Senior Center)

Noon – 1:00 p.m. (City Park Pavilion): Welsh Society Meet-and-Greet

Noon – 3:00 p.m. (Library): Book Sale

Noon – 5:00 p.m. (Fire Station): Photography Exhibit and Competition

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (begin in City Park): Wagon tours of historic Bannock and Main Streets 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

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 the 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. Boyd Roberts: “The History of the Roberts Family in Oneida County”
11:00 a.m. Wil Aaron: “Walking Wales: Sites and Sights”
1:30 p.m. Lucie Washburn: “Yr Hen Ogledd: The Ancient Welsh in Scotland”
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (City Park)
Heritage games (sponsored by MMS MathCounts Team)

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

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (begin in City Park): Wagon tours of historical Bannock and Main Streets 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. (Fire Station): Photography Exhibit and Competition

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (City Park): Food and home craft booths open

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Amphitheater): Welsh/Celtic musicians and dancers

Noon – 1:00 p.m. (City Park Pavilion): Welsh Society Meet-and-Greet

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. (Amphitheater): Music by “Idlewild”

Noon – 3:00 p.m. (Library): 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 – 4:30 p.m. (Church Chapel): Finale Concert and Gymanfa Ganu (sing-along)

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Relief Society Room):
British Isles Missionary and Missionary   “Mom” Reunion/Party
Steven Albrechtsen: “Missionary Work in Wales Today”

 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

5:30 p.m. (LDS 2nd Ward): James Drake, organist, and Cathy Clayton, harpist


Where is Malad?

How to get to Malad: Malad is located on I-15, 13 miles north of the Idaho/Utah stateline.  Malad is 100 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, and 55 miles south of Pocatello, Idaho.

Location of Welsh Festival: Malad City Park is located between Oneida County Library and LDS Second Ward Church on 100 West.  Most activities are at the Park and the LDS Church building. Follow the Welsh flags to the Park.

Map  to Malad Follow the flags to our Malad City Park


Where to stay

Accommodations:

Hotel Malad (208-766-2399)

Abigail’s Bed and Breakfast (435-757-6374) or jill@abigailsbedandbreakfast.net

Red Rooster Inn Bed and Breakfast (208-766-3281

Village Inn Motel (208-766-4761)

K-C Campground (208-766-2759)

Annie’s Cottage (vacation home rental) (208-766-3625)

Campgrounds are located at all reservoirs throughout Oneida County.

Accommodations are also available in nearby communities:

Pocatello, ID (50 minutes North)

Flags West Motel, Downey (15 minutes North)

Tremonton, UT (40 minutes South)

Brigham City, UT (45 minutes South)

Logan, UT (50 minutes South)

Visit Malad, Idaho!


Sponsors

The Malad Valley Welsh Festival would like to give a special thanks to:

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Idaho-Humanities-Council

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The Malad Valley Welsh Festival would not be possible without our donors and sponsors.

THANK YOU!


MALAD VALLEY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS – 2015

General Festival Chair

Jean Thomas, 208-766-5361

Treasurer

Lisa Baker, 208-766-4125

Festival Contact at City Hall

Susan Wittman, 208-766-4010

Publicity

Joan Hawkins, 208-766-4773

Welsh History/Culture Presentations

Jean Thomas, 208-766-4417

Concerts

Helen Ward, 208-766-4014

Family History Displays

Bob Crowther, 208-6766-4642

Diane Pett, 208-766-4169

Heritage Games

Kathy Atkinson, 208-766-4469

Tracy Ward, 208-766-2977

Wagon Tours

Mike Hess,Jr., 208-766-4777

Musical Entertainment in the Park

Helen Ward, 208-766-4014

Quilt Show

Linda Burrie, 208-766-8200

Photography Exhibit and Competition

Lloyd Bush, 208-766-4466

British Isles Missionary Reunion and Missionary “Mom” Party

Kathy Atkinson, 208-766-4469

Hosts and Hostesses

Fay Cottle, 208-766-4847

Food Booths

Jill and Cory Daniels, 208-766-2110

Craft Booths

Roxanne Albretsen, 208-766-4777

Information Booth

Christie Oja, 208-766-4963

Welsh Country Store

Bobbie Ward, 208-766-4403

“Taste of Wales” Food Booth

Christine Bowen, 208-766-5678

Facilities Set Up/Tear Down

Tyrell Neal and MHS Basketball Team

Liaison with Oneida Pioneer Museum

Fay Cottle, 208-766-4847

Liaison with Samaria

Luke Waldron, 208-380-3522

Liaison with Chamber of Commerce

Eric Crowther, 208-766-4733

Liaison with LDS Church

Dotty and Brent Evanson, 208-766-4918

Liaison with Presbyterian Church

Edna Palmer, 208-766-4488