Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair Continues Rich Tradition
For more than a half century, the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair has transformed Burnsville's town square into a wonderland for crafters. And this year's event will continue that tradition.
The 54th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6-7, with more than 200 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable.
Tens of thousands of people flock to this annual event, which again has been named one of the Southeast's Top 20 August Events by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Shoppers can browse a wide selection of items, including handmade quilts, jewelry from local gemstones, hand-turned wooden bowls, various types of pottery, handcrafted furniture, traditional mountain instruments, jewelry, soaps, lotions and stained glass art. Many of the artisans will be demonstrating their crafts throughout both days.
In addition to the variety of exhibitors, the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair includes live music and entertainment, along with a food court serving such Southern delights as pork barbecue and homemade ice cream.
Entertainment on the bandstand includes a variety of traditional mountain music, ranging from bluegrass to folk to gospel. There will also be performances by local dance and clogging groups.
Burnsville is located in Yancey County, the home of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Burnsville is about 20 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 35 miles northeast of Asheville. Call (828) 682-7413, or visit www.mtmitchellcraftsfair.com.
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