Crafts festival slated to begin

RIPLEY – The 51st annual Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will kick off Thursday at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley and run through Saturday.

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 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children. For more information on the event and a daily event schedule go online at msacf.com or call 1-800-CALLWVA.

Fair President Karen Facemyer said the event celebrated its 50th anniversary. As it is moves into its next half-century, she said community support is important to keeping it going. The festival’s status as a juried event helps ensure high quality for people interested in the wide range of crafts.

“We’re expecting a lot of people to come out,” she said.

One of the events which has been growing in popularity is the Cast Iron Firecracker Chili Cookoff and Cornbread Contest on Saturday.

The nationally sanctioned contest offers competitors three hours to create their best chili, with cash prizes available to the winners: $400 and a cast iron award for the best red chili, $75 for the best verde and salsa chili and $50 for the best cornbread.

Other activities during the fair include a Civil War encampment, a youth fishing derby, interactive workshops, a quilt show, an archery tournament, a hunting dog demonstration and others through the three-day event.

The 2014 Mountain State Art and Craft Fair schedule includes:

THURSDAY

* 9a.m.-noon: Kite Workshop (Make and take kites for children)

* 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Clay Center with Recycling Art for children

* 10 a.m.: John Porter (Kanawha County Extension Agent)

* 11 a.m.: Marteka and William Lake; Woody Ornamental selection and care with Brandy Brabham

* Noon: Stunt and Large Kite Show demonstrations; John Porter (Kanawha County Extension Agent)

* 1 p.m.: Marteka and William Lake; Carver Culinary Arts

* 1-3 p.m.: Kite Workshop (Make and take kites for children)

* 2 p.m.: Cast Iron cooking during the Civil War with Reddog Monroe

* 3 p.m.: Marteka and William Lake; Stunt and Large Kite Show demonstrations; Woody Ornamental selection and care with Brandy Brabham

FRIDAY

* 9 a.m.-noon: Kite Workshop (Make and take kites for children)

* 11 a.m.: Scott Cain playing hammer dulcimer; Carver Culinary Arts; North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Hunting Dog Demonstration

* Noon: Cooking with Cast Iron with Reddog Monroe

* 1 p.m.: Scott Cain playing hammer dulcimer; Carver Culinary Arts; North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Hunting Dog Demonstration

* 1-3 p.m.: Kite Workshop (Make and take kites for children)

* 2 p.m.: John Porter (Kanawha County Extension Agent); Youth Fishing Derby

* 3 p.m.: Cooking with Cast Iron with Reddog Monroe

* 4 p.m.: John Porter (Kanawha County Extension Agent); North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Hunting Dog Demonstration

SATURDAY

* 8 a.m.: Stars and Stripes Archery Tournament, Exhibition and Novelty shooting

* 10 a.m.: John Porter (Kanawha County Extension Agent)

* 11 a.m.: Laurel Creek Bluegrass Band; Firecracker Chili Cook-off and Cornbread Contest; Carver Culinary Arts

* 1 p.m.: Crafters Live Auction; Carver Culinary Arts

* 2 p.m.: John Porter (Kanawha County Extension Agent)

* 3 p.m.: Laurel Creek Bluegrass Band