This weekend our town held the annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. The fair happens every year on the first Friday and Saturday in August. This year over 200 artisans and crafters participated. I don’t know what the official attendance was this year, but based on the difficulty we experienced finding parking, I am sure that the turnout was pretty large.
Our little town has a picturesque town square which is the site of the fair. The square (Note: the former math teacher in me requires that I state that our “square” is actually a rectangle) is an open green area surrounded by the Main Street and beautiful historic buildings. Craft Fair vendors set up their booths around the perimeter of the square on both sides of the street. Some booths are also set up on a couple of streets branching off from the square to the north and east.
Throughout the fair, musical and other types of performances take place on a stage set up at one corner of the green area. People bring folding chairs and sit in the shade of the large trees enjoying the entertainment while taking a break from shopping.
This year, as always, the artists and crafters presented a wide variety of wares: pottery, fiber arts, stained glass, photography, paintings, woodcrafts, toys and novelties, jewelry, needlework, soaps and lotions, jams and jellies, Christmas ornaments, and more.
I think my favorite vendor this year was a booth with beautiful planters, benches, shelves, and fountains fashioned out of driftwood. I fell in love with several of the pieces, but resisted temptation. But, next year if this vendor is back, I think I will definitely plan to make a purchase.
The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair is one of the biggest events that takes place in our county each year. This year’s fair is now history. It was a wonderful event that showcased our beautiful town in a positive light.