Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, Aug. 1-2

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From a press release:

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, Aug. 1-2

The Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, one of the largest and longest running crafts fairs in the Blue Ridge Mountains, presents its 58th edition in August.

This Friday-Saturday event takes place Aug. 1-2, filling Burnsville’s scenic Town Square with approximately 200 crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable.

Applications from vendors have increased this year, says Ginger Johnson, executive director of the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce.

“We had a lot of first-time vendors last who did really well, so a lot of them are coming back, along with some new artists,” Johnson says. “It is a completely juried show and everything is handmade. You name it, it’s probably here.”

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 working their craft throughout both days.

In addition to a wide array of exhibitors, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair features live music and entertainment on the bandstand. Scheduled acts include: Typical Mountain Boys, Thistle Dew, Hot Duck Soup, Dance Express (clogging/dancing), Southern Road, and Ron & Minnie Powell. The trio of Debbie Phillips, Roberta Whiteside & Minnie Powell headline Saturday.

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

Burnsville is located in Yancey County, N.C. Yancey 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.

For information on the 58th annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, call (828) 682-7413, or visit

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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