West Virginia Celebrates Appalachian Culture at the 43rd Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival
Looking for a great way to celebrate West Virginias rich Appalachian Mountain culture? The 43rd Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival on September 28th, 29th and 30th offers up a generous serving of Hillbilly art, music, crafts, and food. There is a little something for everyone at this family-friendly gathering. All you have to do is come out and have a look around!
Artists and Craftspeople
The festival spotlight shines on the entire Appalachian culture and the many talented folks within. Historically, everything was handmade, from dolls to quilts. Basic needs made arts and crafts an essential part of mountain life. The skilled craftsmanship represented reminds us of a time when if you wanted something, you either bartered or made it.
Over 200 juried artisans offer a wide array of mediums to explore. Each year there is a beautiful collection of exceptionally crafted woodwork, including décor, bowls, and furniture. Several artists create clay pottery and dishes in vibrant patterns and colors. Jewelry makers craft uniquely delicate and bold pieces that would make a memorable addition to any collection. Each of these vendors displays interpretative designs that speak of their humble origins with elegance and skill.
Crafts and more at the
Mountain Heritage Festival!
Good Ol’ Mountain Music
A good melody will soothe the soul and Bluegrass Music is the heartbeat of the Appalachian Mountains. Instruments can be as simple as a whiskey jug as long as they keep a beat. Folks used what they found, and all had a good time. That kind of invigorating energy will be present at the Mountain Heritage Art and Craft Festival.
There is nothing like good ole’ mountain music to add more excitement to the festivities. A lively tune can get your toes tapping, even after the hardest of days. Musical entertainment will feature string bands and sweet southern songs. Groups like Hillbilly Gypsies and Patent Pending are sure to project the spirit of the mountain to all listeners.
Bluegrass music is the
heartbeat of Appalachia
Fun for the Whole Family
This festival will be fun for the whole family, no matter the age. The history behind the exhibits can be as magical as the work itself. Visitors will find Appalachian storytelling is just as much an art, like the art. Many artisans are happy to share stories about their trade. They might have learned that skill from a family elder as a trade was passed down.
Culinary artists are often a favored featured during the festival. There will be wine tasting for those over age 21, as a few of the Appalachians finest wineries offer a sample sip. Other alcohol is available for purchase, along with some tasty home cooked treats. Jams, jellies, and candies will easily sweeten up your day.
There is plenty to do, hear and see with art, crafts, and Bluegrass music. However, little ones get a little extra. The event has a special place just for them. The kid tent offers face painting by a talented artist and an exciting scavenger hunt. An artisan will even teach the children how to make a craft to take home.
The 2018 Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival opens up a whole new world of environment inspired paintings, sculptures, and other Appalachian inspired marvels. Celebration hours are from 10 am till 5 pm each day at the new location. The new host is Jefferson County Fairgrounds, located at 1707 Old Leetown Pike, near Harper’s Ferry. A fee of $7 per person includes parking, wine tasting for 21+ and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $6 and children aged 12 and under get in free.
If you love the culture of the Appalachian Mountain people, celebrate with us at West Virginia’s 43rd Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival!