Ripley to host Mountain State Art and Craft Fair on July 4-6

Photo Provided The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will feature several interactive exhibitors which will provide hands-on experiences such as stained glass making.

RIPLEY — The 2019 Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will open on the Fourth of July and run through July 6 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.

The fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4-5 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 6. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel and $5 for youth. More information is available at www.msacf.com.

In addition to more than 100 juried artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, the fair offers traditional Appalachian music, food, heritage exhibits and family activities. Local and regional musicians and performers will also be featured during the event.

The fair gives everyone a chance to meet the crafters and see how their wares are made by hand, organizers said. 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. All products represent some form of traditional or contemporary Appalachian arts and crafts.

In addition to the many artisans and crafters displaying and selling their wares, the fair also features Heritage Artisans and Interactive Artisans during the three-day event.

Photo Provided Exile will be the headliner at this year’s Ripley Fourth of July Celebration in Ripley. The celebration runs July 2-6 with activities and entertainment each day, especially July 4 with fireworks at 10 p.m.

The Heritage Artisans are Chip Turner of Weston (Appalachian Glass), Mike England of Green Sulphur Springs (shingle splitter), Travis Cadle of Leon (corn meal), Joey Browning (blacksmithing) and Aj Carpenter of Ripley (goat soap). The Interactive Artisans will be Byron Young of Charleston (Mountain State Wood Turners), Anne Swadley of Harrisville (pottery), Stephanie Danz of Fayetteville (stained glass), Lola Smith of Ravenswood (bookmarks) and Rachel Roush of Ripley (rock painting).

Ongoing events include a quilt show, marketplace, interactive crafts, petting zoo, antique engines, and tours of the historic log cabin and one-room school at Cedar Lakes.

In addition to the festival, the same week will also see Ripley host the annual Ripley Fourth of July Celebration on July 4 at the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Ripley. The celebration will feature activities beginning July 2 and running through July 7.

The first event will be a performance of “The Last Gallows” at 7 p.m. July 2 at the Alpine Theatre. On July 3, the Unity in the Community Rally at the gazebo and courthouse lawn will be 6 p.m. followed by a bicycle parade at 7 p.m.

On the Fourth of July, activities begin at 9 a.m. with the Little Patriot Hour on the courthouse lawn with children’s games and prizes for grades K-5. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. with the Firecracker 2 Mile Race at 11:30 a.m. The Grand Parade will be noon and there will be entertainment through the day until the fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Photo Provided Heritage exhibitors such as Chip Turner of Appalachian Glass strive to preserve traditional Appalachian crafts.

This year’s entertainers on July 4 include: Hogan’s Goat at 4 p.m.; Rockland Road at 6 p.m.; and event headliner Exile at 8 p.m.

The celebration will continue July 5 with the Ripley High School Class Act featuring music by Back In the Day. The activities on July 6 will include “The Last Gallows” at 2 p.m., a free Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m., comedian Bill Lepp at 7 p.m. and Adam Tucker and Nikki Adkins at 8 p.m.

The week’s activities conclude July 7 with the U-Turn Concert featuring Building 429 at 6 p.m.

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