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Mountain State Art & Craft Fair to mark 60 years

The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair will be held July 1-3 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. Held for the 60th year in 2022, the fair takes pride in sharing traditions with the younger generation. (Photo Provided)

RIPLEY — The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair will be held July 1-3 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.

Showcased as West Virginia’s original arts and crafts fair, the event is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and will be held at the conference center where it began.

Organizers have put together a long list of events, entertainment and concessions to complement the variety of gifted artisans displaying their hand-made goods under the big top tents, fair President Jean Smith said.

“It’s a nice mix that is composed of many of the popular artisans who have been coming to the fair for years and new ones that I’m sure our guests are going to enjoy as well,” Smith said.

Special attractions include eight Heritage Exhibits designed to preserve age-old traditions such as glassmaking and cornmeal grinding. Six Interactive Exhibits allow for hands-on experiences with such things as stained glass and kite making.

Fifteen Market Place vendors feature products including West Virginia wines and apple butter made on site. A daily quilt show will be held in the newly renovated Assembly Hall. Demonstrations include sheep shearing, cast iron cooking, growing herbs and caring for honeybees.

Live entertainment includes professional storytellers and the Lassie Scottish dancers. Musicians include Johnny Staats and Robert Shafer, Bobby Taylor, Kim Johnson and Cody Jordan and the Cossin Brothers.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will sponsor a July 2 kid’s fishing derby beginning at 10:30 a.m.

For details on the Fair schedule, go to www.MSACF.com.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Admission is free for youth 11 and under.

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