Children’s Activities

Kids’ Activity Area

Our Kids’ Activity Area is the center for all things fun at the New Deal Festival! Meet some awesome animals, play games, do some crafts and more! Read on to learn about all the fun activities waiting for you!

Petting Zoo

Meet farm animals up close and learn about their lives at the petting zoo!

Face Painting

Turn into anything you can imagine when you get your face painted at the festival!

Hay Rides

Take a ride on our historic 1930s Co-Op Tractor! Loop around the festival and see all the fun. For more information, go here.


Sack races, a watermelon eating contest, and a coloring contest all offer chances to show you’re the best! Check our Contests Page for details.

Crafts, Games, and More!

Enjoy various yard games, a crafts table, and STEM activities presented by Friends of Deckers Creek! Plus, get to know some of America’s birds with the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia! We know you’ll have a blast!

Thank you to our organizational partners for children’s activities!

Friends of Deckers Creek

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is a small, but effective 501(c)(3) nonprofit watershed group whose mission is to improve the natural qualities of, increase the public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek watershed. FODC is a community-based organization that works out of Monongalia and Preston Counties, West Virginia. FODC has installed eight acid mine drainage (AMD) remediation projects, removed over 76,000 pounds of trash from the watershed, provided environmental education to the community, created a Citizen Scientist water monitoring program, and performed many other community-based projects.

In the Deckers Creek watershed, and almost anywhere you go, you see the effects of erosion (the removal of material from one place to another by wind or water). At the New Deal Festival, FODC sets up a couple of erosion-related activities for kids to do and learn from.

Avian Conservation Center for Appalachia

The Avian Conservation Center for Appalachia (ACCAWV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located near Morgantown, WV. Their mission is to conserve the region’s wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation. They are licensed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to treat and rehabilitate injured, ill, or orphaned wild birds, including raptors, eagles, songbirds, waterbirds, waterfowl, and sea birds.

The ACCAWV is also licensed to possess non-releasable birds for educational purposes, and sponsors the West Virginia Young Birders Club. Every injured bird that comes through their door receives a comprehensive examination by a veterinarian and are then nursed back to health by our caring staff and volunteers. If you find an injured wild bird, please contact the ACCAWV! They work with the veterinarians at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in Morgantown; the hospital is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.