A century ago, Frank and Julia Buhl built the community a 300-acre park, a public place of recreation and beauty.
Buhl Farm park was landscaped with a manmade lake and winding lanes through thousands of newly planted trees and shrubs.
The park was only one of numerous philanthropies of the Sharon industrialist and his wife. Others included a library and a YMCA-like men’s club, a free golf course, a country club, and countless charitible donations.
In 1915, the townsfolk said thanks to the Buhls with a day of parades and festivities they called Buhl Day. The event continued each summer as a tribute to the Buhls and as a celebration of the working man and his family.
Buhl Days lasted through 1946, then resumed starting in 1980 on Labor Day – a holiday rechristened Buhl Day around here.
This year’s celebration on Monday will bring the traditional parade, food, games, music and arts in one, grand picnic in the park.
Three honored guests – Joe George and Ruthann Beighley George and Jim Mondok, all of Sharon – will be singled out for their efforts to make the modern community just a little better, thus continuing the legacy and the spirit of the Buhls.
BUHL DAY EVENTS
All events at Buhl Farm Park in Hermitage unless otherwise noted
• Joe George and Ruthann Beighley George, Sharon
• Jim Mondok, Sharon
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
• 7 a.m. – Buhl Community Recreation Center’s Half Marathon, Buhl Park Casino
• 9 a.m. – F.H. Buhl Memorial Service, Oakwood Cemetery’s Buhl Chapel, Hermitage
• 9:15 a.m. – Buhl Community Recreation Center’s 5K Run. Starts at PNC Bank parking lot at East State Street and Kerrwood Drive and follows parade route.
• 9:30 a.m. – Parade, from Kerrwood Drive and East State Street westward down State to Buhl Boulevard and into the park.
• 11:30 a.m. – Dave Hamilton, pop and nostalgia music, Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Pizza Joe’s, Sharon.
• Noon to 4 p.m. – Classic Car Cruise-In, Center Road. Sponsored by Buchanan’s Lightning Lube.
• 12:15 p.m. – Opening ceremony, Performing Arts Center. National anthem performed by members of the Shenango Valley Chorale; flag raising by Boy Scout Troop 7, Clark; introduction of 2019 honored guests.
• 12:45 p.m. – Children’s theater, Butterfly Garden: Chris Rowland’s Family Show – kid’s favorite songs and puppets. Sponsored by Shenango Valley Performing Arts Council
• 1 p.m. – Buhl Mermaids, Casino pool
• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Michael’s Balloons, Pokorney Drive. Sponsored by MK Landscape Supply.
• 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Dragonfly balloon sculptures, lower Pokorney Drive. Sponsored by Robert Stein, D.O.
• 1:10 p.m. – Shenango Valley Chorale singing a variety of music, Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by RW Cox Garage Doors.
• 1:30 p.m. – Taekwondo Master John Dunworth, lower Pokorney Drive.
• 1 to 3:30 p.m. – Children’s activities (ages 4 to 10), Pokorney Drive.
» Inflated Bouncer, sponsored by Taylor Chevrolet, Toyota, Scion.
» Inflated giant slide, sponsored by Evans, Garvey, Lackey and Ochs, attorneys
» Climbing wall, sponsored by Hudson Construction
• 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Inflatable fun (ages 1 to 3), Pokorney Drive.
» Inflated slide, sponsored by David E. Wood, D.O.
» Inflated obstacle course, sponsored by JFS Wealth Advisors.
• 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Obstacle courses (ages 2 and up), Pokorney Drive.
» Ages 2 to 5, sponsored by David E. Wood, D.O.
» Ages 6 to 12, sponsored by MK Landscape Supply
» Ages 12 and up, sponsored by H&R Block
• 2 p.m. – Whalen Family Singers, Butterfly Garden Stage
• 2 p.m. – Junction PA, playing ’70s and ’80s music, Performing Arts Center, sponsored by Black, Bashor and Porsch LLP
• 2:30 to 5 p.m. – Petting zoo (ages 4 to 12) Pokorney Drive. Sponsored by Joy Cone Co. and Mercer County Women’s Association
• 3 p.m. – Folk music by Virginia Young, Butterfly Garden Stage
• 3:30 p.m. – Taekwondo Master John Dunworth, lower Pokorney Drive.
• 3:30 p.m. – Buhl Mermaids, Casino Pool
• 3:30 p.m. – Four Kings and the Queen, playing Motown to hip hop music, Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine
• 5 p.m. – Doug Butchy Big Band, Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Champion Carrier.
• Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: Gyros, souvlaki, candy, beverages.
• Diversified Family Services: Homemade cookies and baked goods, beverages.
• Haitian Sensation: Chicken, rice and beaks, Haitian mac and cheese, pulled-pork sandwiches, haluski burgers, Caribbean punch, coffee, beverages.
• Happy Hour Kettle Corn: Kettle corn.
• Hermitage Cub Scout Pack 5: Country Meats brand meat sticks, water
• Kiwanis Club of Sharon: Sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, beverages.
• Moss’s Ice and Ears: Shaved ice, elephant ears, cotton candy, beverages.
• Penn State Shenango: Ice cream – chocolate chip cookie dough, death by chocolate, peachy Paterno.
• Powell Concessions: Funnel cakes, pizzas, elephant ears.
• Shenango Valley Ski Club: Lemon shakes, Katie’s Corner ice cream
• St. Bartholomew Church: Meatball sandwiches, iced flavored coffee.
• St. George Serbian Orthodox Church: Stuffed cabbage, beverages.
• St. Luke AME Zion Church: chicken tenders, fries, beverages.
• Sts. Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church: Haluski, water.
Performing Arts Center
• 11:30 a.m. – Dave Hamilton, playing pop and nostalgia music
• 12:15 p.m. – Opening ceremony
• 1:10 p.m. – Shenango Valley Chorale, singing a variety of music.
• 2 p.m. – Junction PA, playing ’70s and ’80s music.
• 3:30 p.m. – Four Kings and the Queen, playing Motown to hip hop.
• 5 p.m. – Doug Butchy Big Band
Sound provided by John Durisko, Satin Sound Systems Inc.
Butterfly Garden Stage
(by the Butterfly Garden)
• 12:45 p.m. – Chris Roland’s Family showhildren’s Theater – Kids’ favorite songs and puppets.
• 2 p.m. – Whalen Family Singers
• 3 p.m. – Virginia Young folk music
Sound sponsored by Mercer Airsoft Center
BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Free bus service courtesy of Shenango Valley Shuttle Service and Mercer County Regional Council of Governments.
In-park courtesy golf carts for seniors and the disabled sponsored by Buhl Regional Health Foundation, Crago Family Medicine, UPMC Horizon, Whole Life Services and the cities of Hermitage and Sharon
Buses going to Buhl Farm
• Vermeire Manor, Sharon – 11:20 a.m. and 1 p.m.
• Connelly Manor and Riverview Apartments, Sharon – 11:25 a.m. and 1:05 p.m.
• Buchanan Manor, Wheatland – 11:35 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
• Ira B. Lavigne Manor, Farrell – 11:40 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
• Gargano Towers, Farrell – 11:45 a.m. and 1:25 p.m.
• Fornelli Manor, Sharon – 11:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.
• Mertz Towers, Sharpsville –12:10 and 1:50 p.m.
• Gurrera Village, Hermitage – 12:30 and 2:10 p.m.
Leaving Buhl Farm
• Casino and Shelter 2 – 4:30 and 6 p.m.
POINTS OF INTEREST
• Lost and found – At the first aid station adjacent to the Performing Arts Center
• Buhl Day souvenirs and information booth – Pokorney Drive next to the Cabin Café near the Performing Arts Center. Donations accepted at the info booth.
• First-aid station – Adjacent to the Performing Arts Center. Staffed by McGonigle Ambulance Service and UPMC Horizon
BUHL DAY CHAIRMEN
Karen Campman Emmett, Sue McLaughlin, Carol Simon, Ann U’Halie and Terry Whalen
Electrical work for Buhl Day donated by Bill Buckley.