July 17, 2013

Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair

August 2-3 in downtown Burnsville NC -  Artists fill Town Square for the annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. Burnsville's town square becomes a haven for arts and crafts during the 57th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair.

This year's fair includes more than 150 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Thousands of people attend the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair each year, searching for those special, one-of-a-kind items created by artisans from across the Blue Ridge.

Shoppers browse a wide selection of items, including handmade quilts, various types of pottery, jewelry from local gemstones, rustic furniture, blacksmith creations, traditional mountain instruments, hand-turned wooden bowls, jams and jellies, and stained glass art.

Many of the artisans will be demonstrating their crafts throughout both days.

In addition to the variety of exhibitors, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair features live music and entertainment on the bandstand. Scheduled acts include: Road Tripp; Doc Hill Bluegrass Band; Dance Express Cloggers and Dancers; Rob and Hannah Levin; Eva Kroon Pike; Ron and Minnie Powell and the Lucky Streak Band; Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Hot Duck Soup; Ronnie Robertson and the Can't Hardly Play Boys; and Roberta Whiteside.

There is also a food court serving such Southern delights as pork barbecue and homemade ice cream.

Burnsville NC,  located in Yancey County,  is home of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi at an elevation of 6,684 feet. Burnsville is about 20 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 35 miles northeast of Asheville.

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