Art and Craft Fair slated

RIPLEY – The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will celebrate its 50th year – and its status as West Virginia’s oldest heritage fair – from July 4-6 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. Ticket prices range from $6 for adults and $2 for children. For more information on the event and a daily event schedule go online at www.msacf.com or call 1-800-CALLWVA.

The event began in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. That year the fair attracted just over 6,500 attendees and has grown substantially in the years since, organizers said.

In addition to more than 130 juried artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, this year’s fair offers traditional Appalachian music, food, heritage exhibits and family activities. Local and regional musicians and performers will be featured all three days, including Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys at 2 and 4 p.m. July 4 and the Davisson Brothers at 3 and 5 p.m. July 5.

The fair gives everyone a chance to meet the crafters and see how their wares are made by hand. During the fair there will be educational classes and participants will leave each class with a completed project.

“Artisans who exhibit at the fair are selected by a jury of craft experts and all hail from the Appalachian region,” said MSACF President Jan Sizemore. “All products represent some form of traditional or contemporary Appalachian arts and crafts.”

Again this year, visitors will find a Civil War encampment, kite making for youth along with stunt kite flying and safety demonstrations, and a NASA exhibit involving the constructing and launching of small rockets on opening day. A youth fishing derby will be held July 5 and the Firecracker Chili Cookoff will be held on July 6, the final day of the fair. For entertainment, find a comfortable spot beneath a shade tree or on a bale of hay and enjoy.

JULY 4

* 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Youth make and fly kite workshop

* 11 a.m.: Stunt kite demonstration

* 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Kite history class and large kite flying display

* 12:30 p.m.: Kanawha Valley Pipes and Drums

* 1 p.m.: Stunt kite demonstration; Opening ceremonies and Hall of Fame Award presentation

* 2 p.m.: Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys

* 3 p.m.: Kanawha Valley Pipes and Drums; Stunt kite demonstrations

* 4 p.m.: Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys

JULY 5

* 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Wood County Flywheelers exhibit

* 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Youth kite make and fly workshop

* 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Clay Center activities

* 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Civil War Re-enactment and Encampment

* 10 a.m.: Appalachian Lads and Lasses

* 11 a.m.: Sheep shearing demonstrations; Stunt kite demonstration

* 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Kite history class and large kite flying display

* Noon: Appalachian Lads and Lasses; Sheep shearing demonstration

* 1 p.m.: Stunt kite demonstration; Sheep shearing demonstration; Youth fishing derby

* 2 p.m.: Sheep shearing demonstration

* 3 p.m.: The Davisson Brothers; Stunt kite demonstrations

* 5 p.m.: The Davisson Brothers

JULY 6

* 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Company I, 31st Virginia Infantry; Wood County Flywheelers exhibit

* 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Youth kite make and fly workshop

* 10 a.m.: Company Drill Manual of Arms; Civil War program; The Jay Humphrey Trio

* 11 a.m.: Kevin Mills; Stunt kite demonstration; Firecracker Chili Cookoff and Cornbread Contest with People’s Choice Award

* 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Kite history class and large kite flying display

* 1 p.m.: Stonewall Jackson presents The Stonewall Brigade

* 2 p.m.: The Jay Humphrey Trio; Crafters Live Auction

* 1 p.m.: Stunt Kite Demonstration

* 3 p.m.: Kevin Mills; Stunt kite demonstration

* 4 p.m.: Civil War program