Nestled in the rolling hills of Berea, KY at historic Indian Fort Theatre is the home of the Berea Craft Festival. This is the 30th year for the juried artist festival, in which each year brings more visitors. This year there were over 120 exhibitors from 20 states in attendance, providing numerous educational demonstrations including pottery, beading, blacksmithing, broom making, hammock weaving, plant and vegetable dyeing, and harps and dulcimers. Exhibitors lined the path and were strategically placed among the woods of Indian Fort Theatre for easy access. The festival expects 8,000 to 10,000 people to visit during the weekend providing for them the upmost quality of juried craftsmen showcasing wood carving, stained glass, leather, tile, metal, jewelry, painting, organic sauces, soaps, and books about the Appalachian Region. There were several local civic organizations on site displaying information about their group including Ed Ford of the Battle of Richmond Association, talking with the visitors about the battle that moved through this area in 1862. The pleasant sound of music rang through the woods as well known musician/songwriter Mitch Barrett strolled the area singing and entertaining with his guitar. Mitch is a native of Berea and has never missed a festival in 30 years. The festival provided a variety of music throughout the weekend with such artist as Health Eric and Molly G, Peach Pie Jazz, Carla Gover, Squash- Beetle and Nonesuch Dancers. The festival will run through Sunday, July 5th with operating hours set from 10am to 5pm.
Story and Photos by: Rhonda McIntyre
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