Mountain State Art and Craft Fair coming to Ripley

RIPLEY — The 2019 Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will open on the Fourth of July and run through July 6 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.

The fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4-5 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 6. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel and $5 for youth ages 4 and up. Admission is reduced to $5 daily between 3-6 p.m. and on July 6 from 8-10 a.m. Pets are permitted on leashes. More information is available at www.msacf.com.

In addition to more than 100 juried artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, the fair offers traditional Appalachian music, food, heritage exhibits and family activities. Local and regional musicians and performers will also be featured during the event.

The fair gives everyone a chance to meet the crafters and see how their wares are made by hand, organizers said. During the fair there will be educational classes and participants will leave each class with a completed project. Artisans who exhibit at the fair are selected by a jury of craft experts and all hail from the Appalachian region. All products represent some form of traditional or contemporary Appalachian arts and crafts.

In addition to the many artisans and crafters displaying and selling their wares, the fair also features Heritage Artisans and Interactive Artisans during the three-day event.

The Heritage Artisans are Chip Turner of Weston (Appalachian Glass), Mike England of Green Sulphur Springs (shingle splitter), Travis Cadle of Leon (corn meal), Joey Browning (blacksmithing) and Aj Carpenter of Ripley (goat soap). The Interactive Artisans will be Byron Young of Charleston (Mountain State Wood Turners), Anne Swadley of Harrisville (pottery), Stephanie Danz of Fayetteville (stained glass), Lola Smith of Ravenswood (bookmarks) and Rachel Roush of Ripley (rock painting).

Ongoing events include a quilt show, marketplace, interactive crafts, petting zoo, antique engines, and tours of the historic log cabin and one-room school at Cedar Lakes.

The schedule of entertainment and activities includes:

JULY 4

∫ 10 a.m.: Quilt show and petting zoo open

∫ 11 a.m.: Folk singers Carrie and Michael Kline; Ric Harvey cooking demonstration

∫ Noon: Storyteller Susanne “Granny Sue” Holstein

∫ Noon-6 p.m.: WVU Mountaineer Timmy Eads

∫ 1 p.m.: Carrie and Michael Kline; Ric Harvey cooking demonstration

∫ 2 p.m.: Storyteller Jo Ann Dadisman

∫ 3 p.m.: Carrie and Michael Kline; J.D. Williamson storytelling cartoonist; Ric Harvey cooking demonstration

∫ 5 p.m.: J.D. Williamson storytelling cartoonist

JULY 5

∫ 10 a.m.: Quilt show and petting zoo open

∫ 11 a.m.: Buck McCumbers and Family; Brandy Brabham cooking demonstration

∫ Noon: Storyteller Jo Ann Dadisman

∫ 1 p.m.: Buck McCumbers and Family; Brandy Brabham cooking demonstration

∫ 2 p.m.: Storyteller Thomas Burnett

∫ 3 p.m.: J.D. Williamson storytelling cartoonist; Buck McCumbers Family Band; Brandy Brabham cooking demonstration

∫ 5 p.m.: J.D. Williamson storytelling cartoonist

JULY 6

∫ 8 a.m.: Quilt show and petting zoo open; West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Fishing Derby

∫ 10 a.m.: Chef Gene Evans cooking demonstration

∫ 11 a.m.: Ed Smolder sheep shearing demonstration; Footmad Celtic step dancing

∫ Noon: Storyteller Thomas Burnett; Ed Smolder sheep shearing demonstration

∫ 1 p.m.: Chef Gene Evans cooking demonstration; Ed Smolder sheep shearing demonstration

∫ 2 p.m.: Footmad Celtic step dancing; Storyteller Susanne “Granny Sue” Holstein

∫ 3 p.m.: J.D. Williamson storytelling cartoonist; Chef Gene Evans cooking demonstration

∫ 5 p.m.: J.D. Williamson storytelling cartoonist

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com