The Mars Hill Heritage Festival has a 19 year tradition as a street fair-style event, offering crafts and local foods in complement to the music of the Lunsford Festival at Mars Hill University. “The two festivals run currently and side-by-side and most folks don’t realize it’s two separate events,” says festival coordinator Rod Bowling. “Either festival could stand on its own as a destination event. The fact that they are concurrent only makes for a more enriched experience for the festival-goer.”
Preserving traditions and celebrating heritage is a custom of significance. With local honey, painted gourds and handmade hats as some of the offerings, there will be over 100 vendors at this year’s event. “Local craft is a highlight,” says Bowling with a nod towards the many regionally-based craft organizations that have a historical tie to the county. “Handmade in America, the Folk Art Center and other notable craft organizations have their roots in Madison County.” — Steph Guinan
WHAT: Mars Hill Heritage Festival, marshillheritagefestival.org
WHERE: Main Street, Mars Hill, See website for parking and shuttle information.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.