Smart bets: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Now in its 68th season, the biannual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns for a long weekend filled with regional craft history and work for show and sale. “Nearly 200 juried artists of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be selling works of clay, metal, wood, jewelry, fiber, paper, natural materials, leather and mixed media,” says a press release for the event. And, as has happened since the first fair launched in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in 1948, mountain musicians will perform on the arena stage. This season’s entertainers include Cary Fridley & The Haywood County Ramblers, Carol Rifkin and Friends, Buncombe Turnpike and others. Crafting demonstrations include bamboo fly rods, clay whistles, natural dyeing and spinning and sun printing, as well as activities for children. The craft fair is held at the U.S. Cellular Center, Thursday-Sunday, July 16-19. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults/free for children 12 and younger. craft Artwork by Beth Andrews

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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