OCTOBER 12-14, 2012
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9764 Tri-County Highway
Winchester, Ohio 45697
Handmade Craft, Jewelry, Paintings, Antiques, Florals, Herbs, Entertainment and Activities.
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN ARTISANS FEST carries on the herb fest tradition. This year’s fall fest will be October 12, 13 and 14th and will continue to be the second weekend of October for following years to come.
The first year fest was blessed with beautiful fall weather and much success and a large attendance. This three day family oriented educational festival showcases the unique artistic talents of the local Appalachian community along with performances by famed folk musicians, steel drum and patriotic bands and a Christian based school choir. Presentation by World Walker, Steven Newman, turkey legs by "Marilyn", Amish homemade ice cream, kettle corn and more delectable food.
Keeping in the herbfest tradition the Appalachian Mountain Artisans Fest will not only provide crafts and demonstrations to peruse, but also workshops on growing herbs, jewelry making, felting, embellishing a dried gourd bowl and making your own hypertufa garden container. A schedule of classes and fees will be available for reservations through the festival website, www.appalachianmountainartisansfest.com Peppered around the grounds will be artisans selling homemade jams, jellies, candies, gorgeous mums, pumpkins, honey, goat cheese, soaps, jewelry, florals, antiques, pottery and much more.
Friday's Children's Day last year was a huge success with over 600 children and adults attending from local elementaries, home schools and head starts. Ryan Shiveley captivated the children with his petting zoo consisting of Dugan his brown pet skunk, llamas, pot belly pig, miniature horse, exotic chickens and rabbits and several pet goats. The hay maze was right beside the zoo and was highly congested at most times, when the children were not enjoying the horse and carriage rides provided by WC Milling. Adams/Brown Recycling Center and Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee presented educational demonstrations as well as spinning , weaving wheat and blacksmithing by artisans at their on site booths. Jim Gorman's Toy Tractor Display was a big hit for the youngsters and adults as well.New to Children's Day this year will be a program entitled "River works Discovery" presented by the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center from Maysville.
Ms. Hall will be continuing her fundraising efforts for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's with the 4th Annual Charity Auction, Saturday at noon and the FREE admission and parking by donation effort. Last year a total of $5500 was raised from the auction and parking. Fancy Free Cloggers always get the auction started and auctioneer Jamie Stout provides professionalism and wit to the sale itself. This year’s auction will be trimmed down a bit with only 25 high ticket items and a bake sale of only 15 items from some of the counties top bakers. One of the high ticket items will be a quilt from West Union native, Kim Mefford that will be a replica of Jo's Sunflower Barn Square. Kim's quilts has always brought top dollar and seems to be a drawing card for the auctions.
The Appalachian Mountain Artisans Fest is easily accessible along the state Route 32 corridor, and is held on the grounds surrounding Ms. Hall's business Hilltop Designs, located at 9764 Tri-County Rd outside of Winchester, approximately 35 miles from Cincinnati, 19 miles from Hillsboro and 29 miles from Maysville, Ky. The location is just off US 62 and highly visible from 32.
Class schedules, applications or video of last year may be seen at www.appalachianmountainartisansfest.com or call anytime 937-695-5545