Shari Leavitt was the speaker for the weekly Rotary meeting at the Jackson General Hospital’s Learning Center on Wednesday, June 19. Leavitt discussed the upcoming Wild and Wonderful Arts & Crafts Festival that will be going on July 5-7 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Leavitt noted this is the fourth year for the festival which brings the community together to showcase the local talent in the area.

“This year the entertainment is solely focused on kids,” Leavitt said. “Talent show winners from Jackson County’s Got Talent 2019 are coming, the Top Notch Twirlers from Ravenswood will be performing, the Ripley Middle School archery team will be doing a demonstration, local singers that just wanted to come out and sing for us will perform, West Virginia Kids on First talent show winners will be with us, as well as the Jackson County Players Children’s Theatre who will be performing ‘Cinderella.’”

Other acts will join in the entertainment line-up along with a car show sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 43, who will also be the judges for the event. A Kid’s Arts & Craft show and a Quilt Expo are a few of the other activities taking place during the festival.

“We try to inspire kids to become entrepreneurs and sell their ideas or arts and crafts at the same time,” Leavitt said.

Admission is $10 per car or $5 per person if not parking on the grounds.

“Whether you have one person in a car or twenty in a bus, it’s just $10 per vehicle,” Leavitt said. “The idea is to bring your families. We try to make it affordable so that when you do get in, you can still afford to buy lunch.”

There will be several concessions available and vendors to shop at around the grounds.

During the festival, bottles of water and koozies will be provided for everyone, free of charge and all vendors will get a free t-shirt for their participation.

“No one on our committee is paid to do their job, they donate their time and money to make this event successful,” Leavitt said. “When this first started, we were asked how long we would do it and we said as long as we had the community support, it will continue. It has done great so far, we are paying the bills, and will keep going. We do it all for the community, that’s what we are all about.”