RIPLEY - West Virginia’s oldest heritage fair, the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair (MSACF), will take place Thursday July 4 – Saturday July 6, at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV. Celebrating its 50th year, the MSACF began in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. That year the fair attracted just over 6,500 attendees and has grown substantially in the years since. In addition to experiencing the hundreds of juried artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, this year’s Fair will again offer the very best of traditional Appalachian music, food, heritage exhibits and family activities.
The West Virginia mountains provide the backdrop for the three-day event where visitors get a chance to shop and learn about products that are as authentic as the people. “Artisans who exhibit at the fair are selected by a jury of craft experts and all hail from the Appalachian region,” said MSACF President Jan Sizemore. “All products represent some form of traditional or contemporary Appalachian arts and crafts.”
Again this year, visitors will find a Civil War encampment, kite making for youth along with stunt kite flying and safety demonstrations, and a NASA constructing and launching exhibit of small rockets on opening day. A youth fishing derby will be held on Friday, July 5, and the Firecracker Chili Cookoff will be held on Saturday, July 6, the final day of the Fair.
And if you want to try a little crafting of your own, interactive artisan booths include broom making, basket weaving and stained glass workshops, among others. Each of these classes is designed and developed by the individual artisans and participants will leave with their completed project.
For entertainment, find a comfortable spot beneath a shade tree or on a bale of hay and enjoy local and regional musicians and performers all three days. Headlining the fair this year is the Davisson Brothers, Friday, July 5 at 3 and 5 pm.
The MSACF is located on the grounds of Cedar Lakes Conference Center. It is conveniently located off I-77 at the Ripley/Fairplain Exit #132, just 38 miles north of the state capitol, Charleston, and south of Parkersburg. For more information on the event and a daily event schedule go online at www.msacf.com or call 1-800-CALLWVA.