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Helvetia, West Virginia is a small Swiss village in a high mountain valley. The original Swiss and German settlers arrived in 1869 and their descendants remain. Due to the isolation of the area, the traditions of dance, music, food, and holidays have survived through the generations. Popular events include: Fasnacht, Ramp Supper, Swiss National Day, Helvetia Fair, Helvetia Day, and monthly Square Dances. Businesses include the Hutte Restaurant, Beekeeper Bed and Breakfast, Honey Haus, and Kultur Haus Helvetia which contains the Helvetia Mask Museum, the Helvetia General Store, the Helvetia Post Office, the Alpen Lodge, and the Helvetia Research Center. Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia details the background of the community and its people.

This Web site provides information on activities in the Helvetia area. It is updated as information is received and a monthly E-mail newsletter, Helvetia Highlights, is sent to those who sign up.

Helvetia Highlights

 

Thank you for the Kultur Haus Helvetia Roof! This was finished last week!

Saturday, August 2. Swiss National Day Celebration

  • 5:00 p.m. Cookout in the meadow: bratwurst, fresh veggies, chips and dip, homemade cookies, and more. If there is rain, this will be moved to the Pavilion at the Community Hall.
  • 6:00 p.m. Traditional Swiss dancing, music, and singing.
  • 8:00 Square dance. Adults $5, students $2.

Tuesday, August 12. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.

Wednesday, August 27. Farm Women's Club Meeting.

Wednesday, August 27. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 6. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. Community Hall.

Tuesday, September 9. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.

Thursday, September 11 - Sunday September 14. Helvetia Fair

  • Thursday: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Enter exhibits at the Community Hall.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to noon. Enter exhibits at the Community Hall.
  • Saturday
    • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibits open at the Community Hall.
    • 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Arts and Crafts sales at the Star Band Hall. Quilts, paintings, wood work,candles, homemade jellies, and more.
    • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration for the Horseshoe Contest.
    • 2:00 p.m. Alpine Parade.
    • 2:30 p.m. Swiss folk dancing & singing, Alp horns, yodeling, and Fahnenschwingen (swinging of the Swiss flag) in the Meadow.
    • 2:30 p.m. Horseshoe Contest.
    • 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Open Mic in the Meadow.
    • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Square dance at the Community Hall. $5 adults, $2 students.
  • Sunday
    • Helvetia Mountain Run http://www.wvmtr.org/events/helvetia-10k-mountain-run.
    • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibits open at the Community Hall.
    • 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Arts and Crafts sales at the Star Band Hall. Quilts, paintings, wood work,candles, homemade jellies, and more.
    • 12:00 p.m. William Tell Archery Shoot.
    • 2:00 p.m. Program in the Meadow.
  • Both Saturday and Sunday
    • Refreshments at the Community Hall.
    • Book Sale at the Library.
    • Special Stamp Cancellation at the Post Office.
    • Archives at the Schoolhouse.

Wednesday, September 24. Farm Women's Club Meeting.

Wednesday, September 24. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.