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Vendors expect brisk business at festival

Arts, crafts and wines will be featured at three-day W.Va. event

Arts, crafts and wines will be featured at three-day W.Va. event

September 27, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - Arts and crafts vendors hope it's business as usual at this year's fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival.

The 32nd annual fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival starts Friday and ends Sunday, Sept. 30 at Sam Michaels Park.

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce hosts craft festivals in the spring and fall; each draws between 18,000 and 24,600 attendees, organizers said.

Linda Finnegan, executive assistant for the chamber, said 175 arts and craft vendors are expected at this year's fall festival, about the same number as in past years.

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Pat Beard, newcomer to the fall festival and owner of Pat Beard Handwovens in Greencastle, Pa., plans to sell 100 to 200 garments made from textiles woven on her home loom.

"I don't weave because it's an old-timey thing," she said. "I weave because I can control the color and the texture."

"People see textures and they think it's going to be rough and scratchy, but it doesn't have to be that way," Beard said. "I want people to experience what I do. I want them to touch it, feel it, try things on."

In addition to the arts and crafts, attendees with a few years under their belts can sample wine from seven West Virginia wineries, Finnegan said. Organizers started including wine-tasting at the spring 2006 craft festival as a way to give attendance a boost.

In another effort to boost attendance - this time among children - organizers have brought in Shenandoah & Potomac Valley Garden Railway Club, which will have model trains on display, Finnegan said.

There will be food vendors and performances by bluegrass bands throughout the day.

For more information, contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 304-725-2055 or go to www.jeffersoncounty.com/festival/info.html.




If you go ...



WHAT: Fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 30.

WHERE: Sam Michaels Park, off U.S. 340 between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, W.Va.

COST: Adults, $6; ages 6 to 17, $3; ages 5 and younger free admission. $1-off-admission coupons available at www.jeffersoncounty.com/festival/coupon.html.

MORE: Call 304-725-2055.




Entertainment schedule



Friday, Sept. 28

·12:45 and 2:45 p.m. - Jay Smar

· 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. - Colin Dunbar & Sleepy Creek

· 4:45 p.m. - Capitol Squares

Saturday, Sept. 29

· 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. -Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass

· 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. - The Goins Brothers

· 1:45 and 4:45 - The Seldom Scene

Sunday, Sept. 30

· 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. -The Goins Brothers

· 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. -Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass

· 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. - The Seldom Scene

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