Friday, August 21, 2009

Mountain Heritage preserved at the Fair

If you thought the fair was only wild rides, funnel cakes, and farm animals, then take a second look. Western North Carolina mountain heritage is bountiful at the Mountain State Fair and nowhere is that more evident than with our arts and crafts and competitive exhibits. Take some time to browse the vendors in the new log cabin building and you’ll see an assortment of beautifully hand crafted items from jewelry to rugs. And so much of what you’ll see is representative of western NC culture and history and made by local artisans.

When you finish with the arts and crafts, be sure to check out all of the competitive exhibits in the new livestock exhibition building. With competitions in categories such as photography, clothes, painting, quilting, wood carving, and horticulture products, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye. My personal favorites are the giant vegetables and the wood carvings. And I guarantee that you’ll be amazed by the talent that exists in western North Carolina, especially from our younger participants.

So this year at the fair, be sure to take full advantage of everything the fair has to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Casey Allen, Media Specialist

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