One rural West Virginia community is honoring more than 100 years of Swiss culture, history, and tradition.
This year marks the 101 Annual Helvetia Community Fair and community members and Swiss decedents from across the country are spending the weekend celebrating.
“We come together to honor our history and enjoy each other and part of that is dancing and singing and holding up the Swiss heritage that the settlers brought with them to Helvetia when they first came,” said Helvetia Community Fair Director Jonathan Lacoque.
Each year the street through Helvetia is packed with people enjoying music, dancing, crafts, and food commemorating Swiss heritage and traditions.
The fair has been going on for more than a century as a time to honor nearly 150 years of Swiss culture in West Virginia. The fair takes on a living history to gives guests a unique look into the past.
“Next year we will be 150 years old, and we’re still celebrating the fact that our Swiss ancestors came here and settled this community,” said Local Historian Eleanor Belter.
“I think history, history to be lived, makes it more meaningful to you.”
Activities will be hosted throughout the day Sunday and locals look forward to many more years of celebration.
“As long as there’s enough of us living and breathing we would like it to be a living history because that’s what we live for,” continued Betler.