The town square in Burnsville is transformed into a craft gallery during the 57th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, scheduled Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, when more than 150 juried crafters gather.
Nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable will be on display for the thousands of visitors who 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 working their craft 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 sampling of Southern food, such as pork barbecue and homemade ice cream.
Burnsville is located in Yancey County, 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 57th annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, call (828) 682-7413, or visit www.mtmitchellcraftsfair.com