The Pig Lady Fall Folklore Celebration is an annual tradition in Northern Beaver County, Pennsylvania in recognition of our most haunting local legend, the Tale of Barbara Davidson (also known as The Pig Lady of Cannelton)–a true, unsolved murder mystery from the 1790s. More broadly, our event is also a celebration of our Appalachian roots, including other legends, lore, and folkways particular to our region.
The event’s origin can be traced back to a long-standing community Halloween festival hosted by the Little Beaver Lion’s Club in Cannelton, Pennsylvania. However, for many years the festival remained dormant until revived by Darlington native Michael Gishbucher in partnership with The Social Voice Project and several other local organizations.
This new Pig Lady Festival was first held in October 2019 in Darlington, Pennsylvania, but it was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2021 it returned in partnership with the Little Beaver Lion’s “Pumpkin Palooza” celebration held in New Galilee, Pennsylvania.
For more information, contact Kevin Farkas, Kevin@thesocialvoiceproject.org