Music acts set for Mountain State Art & Craft Fair

Award-winning fiddler Bobby Taylor has been a regular performer at the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair. He is performing at 1 p.m. July 3 at Cedar Lakes near Ripley. (Photo Provided)

RIPLEY — Live Appalachian music is featured throughout the three-day Mountain State Art & Craft Fair scheduled 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 2-4 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.

Opening day at the fair includes three performances by Michael and Carrie Kline of Elkins, who are known for their ballads. The Klines have performed across the northeast.

Showtimes are 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Bluegrass legends Johnny Staats and Robert Shafer will get things started with a 10:30 p.m. show on July 3. Staats, from Wood County, has performed on the mandolin and Shafer on the flat pick guitar across the world, including the Grand Ole Opry.

On Saturday afternoon, enjoy the sounds of Bobby Taylor on the fiddle. He is joined by Kim Johnson and Cody Jordan on the banjo.

Taylor is a recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folklorist honor. Showtime is 1 p.m.

Jim and Valerie Gabehart are performing at 3 p.m. Jim is a five-time state banjo champion while Valerie’s expertise is on the guitar.

On July 4, The McCumbers Family will perform three shows. Based in Parkersburg, they will play at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

More entertainment is provided daily by the West Virginia Storytelling Guild.

For more information, go to www.MSACF.com or the schedule of events. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and active military personnel and $3 for youth.


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