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41st Annual Mountain Makins Festival
Sat., October 22, 10:00 am-Sun., October 23, 5:00 pm| $5
Named Best Festival in the Southeast for 2016 by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association, Mountain Makins is a weekend folk life festival celebrating the traditions of Appalachia. The festival honors the rich traditions of the past and supports modern interpretations of those traditions. More than just a fine art and craft show, visitors to the family-friendly event enjoy a variety of activities, including two stages of mountain music, storytelling, prize-winning dancers, regional authors, children’s activities and abundant good food. One special feature is the live demonstration of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, hide-tanning and wood-turning. More than 60 juried artists and crafters come from nine states. The festival kicks off Friday evening with a Preview Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. featuring a gourmet buffet, special live music and first chance to purchase the one-of-a-kind crafts. Preview Party is $40 and includes admission for the entire weekend.