The 'granddaddy' of fairs is back: the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair starts Friday

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
There will be multiple antique tractor parades at this year's Montain State Art and Craft Fair.

Get ready for the "granddaddy" of fairs to start off July. Last year's Mountain State Art and Craft Fair was canceled because of COVID-19. In 2021, with only 35.85% of West Virginians fully vaccinated, state residents are ready to dive into the fun-filled weekend. 

The event is open to the public for a small fee:

  • Children 4 years old and older — $3
  • Adults — $5
  • Senior citizens and military personnel — $4

This year's fair will operate from July 2-4 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Ceder Lake's Conference Center in Ripley. 

Here's the lineup:

Friday events 

  • Wood Co. Flywheelers antique engine exhibit — all day 
  • Michael and Carrie Kline concert — 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Cabin and schoolhouse tours — 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • WV DNR Youth Fishing Derby 11 a.m.
  • Growing and cooking herbs with Brandy Brabham — 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
  • Storyteller Mikalena Zuckett —  12 p.m. 
  • Cast iron cooking with Mondel ‘Red Dog’ Harvey —  12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. 
  • Sheep shearing with Ed Smolder — 1 p.m. 
  • Storyteller Jo Ann Dadisman — 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
  • MSACF Hall of Fame Ceremony — 5 p.m. 

Saturday events

  • Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer concert —  10:30 a.m. 
  • Elizabeth Moss of West Virginia State University on community trees — 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 
  • Cooking demonstration 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Cabin and schoolhouse tours  11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Storyteller Judy Tarowsky — 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
  • Bobby Taylor, Cody Jordan and Kim Johnson concert — 1 p.m.
  • Jim and Valerie Gabehart concert — 3 p.m.
  • Storyteller Bill Hairston — 4 p.m. 
  • JD Williamson Cartoonist and illustrator JD Williamson — 5 p.m.

Sunday events

  • Antique tractor exhibit — 10 a.m. 
  • Wood Co. Flywheelers antique engine exhibit — 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Cabin and schoolhouse tours — 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • McCumbers Family concert — 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Bread-making with Duane Legg — 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
  • Storyteller Mike Kubisek — 12 p.m.
  • Antique tractor parade — 12 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Storyteller Thomas Burnett — 2 p.m.
  • Storyteller Bill Hairston — 4 p.m. 
  • Appalachian Lassies — 5 p.m.

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.