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June 09, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The spring edition of West Virginia's Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival begins Friday with about 200 craft vendors expected.

The three-day festival, which is sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, will be in Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road.

Visitors will get a chance to see how items on display are made, said Mary Via, the chamber's executive director. Festival organizers require that crafters show the public how they make their products - or at least show a part of the process. If that's not possible, such as with photography, crafters will have visual props to show the process.

Handmade items include baskets, dolls, musical instruments, jewelry, quilts, pottery and stained glass, Via said. Vendors are from the local area and across the country.

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The festival is a major fundraiser for the chamber, Via said. The chamber also donates some proceeds to the United Way of Jefferson County, the five volunteer fire companies in the county and other charities.

The fall festival will take place Sept. 23 to 25.

Entertainment for the 2005 spring festival

· Friday, June 10

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. - Jay Smar

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. - Colin Dunbar & Sleepy Creek

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. - Jay Smar

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. - Colin Dunbar & Sleepy Creek

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. - Capitol Squares (square dancing)

· Saturday, June 11

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Critton Hollow String Band

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. - Patent Pending

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. - Bill Clifton & The Pick of the Crop

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. - Critton Hollow String Band

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. - Patent Pending

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. - Bill Clifton & The Pick of the Crop

· Sunday, June 12

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Patent Pending

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. - Critton Hollow String Band

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. - Bill Clifton & The Pick of the Crop

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. - Patent Pending

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. - Critton Hollow String Band

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. - Bill Clifton & The Pick of the Crop




If you go ...

WHAT: West Virginia's Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12

WHERE: Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road, Jefferson County, W.Va.

COST: $6, adults; $3, ages 6 to 17; free for children younger than 6. Parking and entertainment included in admission fee. Dollar-off coupons are in local newspapers and at the Web site.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 south to Martinsburg Exit 12 to W.Va. 9 (Charles Town). Stay on W.Va. 9 bypass and exit on Flowing Springs Road toward Shepherdstown. Take Flowing Springs Road, turning right on Job Corps Road. The entrance to the festival is about two miles on the right.

For more information, call 1-800-624-0577 or go to www.jeffersoncounty.com/festival on the Web.

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