4th of July at The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair
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Celebrate Independence Day at the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

It’s almost time once again for the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair (MSACF). This uniquely Appalachian experience takes place in the only state in the country that exists entirely within Appalachia, wild and beautiful West Virginia. The fair continues a long-standing tradition of bringing traditional craftsmanship to the public. So get a little mountain culture and celebrate Independence Day while you’re at it!

Artisans who exhibit at the fair are selected by a jury of craft experts from the Appalachian region. All products represent some form of traditional or contemporary Appalachian arts and crafts.  

MSACF President Jan Sizemore 

The traditions of mountain craftspeople continue to be popular with young and old thanks to the dedicated artisans and the organizations that support them. It’s easy to see why the crafts on display are of such a high caliber. This tradition is something that we enjoy celebrating here at GotMountainLife because we are proud of our Appalachian heritage. Check out our events calendar for more info on The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair and other Appalachian shows, festivals, and more.

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The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair: A Craft Fair Destination Event Since 1963

Originally the fair was going to be a one-time event as part of West Virginia’s Centennial Celebration. The original event was to provide a marketplace for the many talented artisans in Appalachia. But it proved to be immensely popular and has been celebrated yearly ever since. But the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair is not only about arts and crafts.

You will also find family fun and entertainment, along with plenty of music, food, and shopping. For over 50 years, the WV Department of Agriculture has worked to create an event that appeals to everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at some mountain crafts, this festival is your opportunity. Interactive art booths will guide you through the process as you learn broom making, basket weaving, stained glass workshops, and more.


There is a wide variety of concessions available at the fair. Wine from regional vineyards and craft beer from the Appalachian area for adult refreshment. 

You can also find a quilt show, petting zoo, antique engines, and more. There will also be tours of the historic log cabin and one-room school, perfect for history buffs.

The good times take place on the beautiful grounds of the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV over a four day period. Over 100 artisans and exhibitors showcase the Appalachian experience at The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair.


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