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 – 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.
Four honored guests – Joseph A. Joseph of Sharpsville, Mitzi and Tom Kuster of Hermitage and Joe McLaughlin 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.
SCHEDULE OF BUHL DAY EVENTS
All events at Buhl Farm Park in Hermitage unless otherwise noted
• Joseph A. Joseph, Sharpsville
• Mitzi and Tom Kuster, Hermitage
• Joe McLaughlin, 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Art and photography show, Casino second floor. Sponsored by Sharon American Legion Post 299
• Noon – Magician Michael “Cool” Rhodes, lower Pokorney Drive.
• 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; introduction of 2018 honored guests; flag raising by Boy Scout Troop 7, Clark.
• 1 p.m. – Buhl Mermaids, Casino pool
• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Michael’s Balloons, Pokorney Drive. Sponsored by Gayle and Ronald Anderson.
• 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Dragonfly balloon sculptures, Butterfly Garden. Sponsored by Shenango Valley Performing Arts Council, Pro-Care Landscape and Construction and JFS Wealth Advisors.
• 1:30 p.m. – Taekwondo Master John Dunworth, lower Pokorney Drive.
• 1 to 3:30 p.m. – Inflatable fun (ages 1 to 3), Pokorney Drive.
» Bounce house, sponsored by Daffin’s Candies
» Large cake, sponsored by Black, Bashor and Porsche, CPAs
» Obstacle course, sponsored by Stella and Bill Perrine.
• 1 to 3:30 p.m. – Children’s activities (ages 4 to 10), Pokorney Drive.
» Monkey bounce house, sponsored by Evans, Garvey, Lackey and Ochs, attorneys.
» Giant slide, sponsored by Crago Family Medicine.
» Rock climbing wall, sponsored by Barbara and Ed McCullough.
» Warrior challenge, sponsored by José Sandoval, Elite Academy Fitness Center.
• 2 p.m. – Children’s Theater – “Kid Songs for Everyone,” performed by Lynne and Frank Parrish, Butterfly Garden area. Sponsored by Shenango Valley Performing Arts Council.
• 2 p.m. – Magician Michael “Cool” Rhodes, lower Pokorney Drive.
• 2:30 to 5 p.m. – Petting zoo (ages 4 to 12) Pokorney Drive. Sponsored by Mercer Countdy Women’s Association and Hudson construction.
• 3 to 5 p.m. – Pony rides (ages 1 to 10), along fitness trail. Sponsored by R.W. Cox Garage Doors and Mary Anne and James Grasso.
• 3:30 p.m. – Taekwondo Master John Dunworth, across from Choral PAC
• 3:30 p.m. – Buhl Mermaids, Casino Pool.
• 4:30 p.m. – Magician Michael “Cool” Rhodes, lower Pokorney Drive.
• Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: Gyros, souvlaki, candy, beverages.
• Apollo Maennerchor Club: Bavarian pretzels, pop, water.
• Buhl Park Corp.: Hot dogs with chili, cheese; klraut, kielbasi with draut, nachos and cheese, pepperoni rolls, sweets, drinks.
• Happy Hour Kettle Corn LLC: Kettle corn.
• India’s Mobile Restaurante: Raspberry, strawberry, cheerry, blueberry and lemon shakes.
• Kiwanis Club of Sharon: Sausage sandwiches, hot dobs, beverages.
• Moss’s Ice and Ears: Shaved ice, elephant ears, cotton candy, water, pop.
• Penn State Shenango: Ice cream – chocolate chip cookie dough, death by chocolate, peachy Paterno and cookies ’n’ creme.
• Powell Concessions: Funnel cakes, Oereos, elephant ears.
• Seeds of Faith ministry: Ribs, half chicken, Philly cheesesteaks, chicken tenders, french fries, beverages.
• Shenango Valley Ski Club: Lemon shakes, Katie’s Corner ice cream
• St. Bartholomew Church: Meatball sandwiches, meatball boats, pepperoni puffs, ice coffee, water.
• St. George Serbian Orthodox Church: Stuffed cabbage, pop, water.
• Sts Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church: Haluski, pop, water.
• Tripple D’s: Wings, fries, shrimp, fish, pop, water.
Performing Arts Center
• 11:30 a.m. – Dave Hamilton
• 12:15 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
• 1:10 p.m. – Shenango Valley Chorale, Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by Penn State Shenango and MK Landscape Supply.
• 2 p.m. – Michael Christopher Band. Sponsored by Joy Cone Co.
• 3:30 p.m. – Rex Taneri Orchestra. Sponsored by Touch of Class Stytling Salon.
• 5 p.m. – Shenango Valley Concert Band. Sponsored by Congressman Mike Kelly.
Sound provided by John Durisko, Satin Sound Systems Inc.
Butterfly Garden Stage(by Butterfly Garden)
• 2 p.m. – Children’s Theater – “Kid Songs for Everyone,” performed by Lynne and Frank Parrish. Sponsored by Shenango Valley Performing Arts Council.
• 3 p.m. – Whalen Family Singers
• 4 p.m. – Brookfield Clover Leaf Square Dance Club.
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 sponsored by Buhl Regional Health Foundation, city of Hermitage, Mercer County Housing Authority, Sharon Regional Medical Center, UPMC Horizon, and Whole Life Services
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 – 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.