APPALACHIAN ARTISANS FEST is becoming one of Southern Ohio's fast growing Appalachian festival to visit. This year’s fest will take place on October 4th and 5th, Word is spreading like wildfire about the quality of artisans and" homey feel good" atmosphere that this fest presents. Hostess,Jo Hall, guarantees that with the new date, new activites and new artisan faces, that everyone will put this fest at the top of their list as "Most Loved and Fun Festival to Visit"
A successful festival does not happen overnite. It is brought forth due to countless hours of meetings, promoting, preparations with dedicated committee and supportive family members. This weekend family structured fest showcases the unique talents of our local and surrounding Appalachian communities and has absolutely some of Ohio's finest artists. Fest goers quickly accepted newcomers, John and Sylvia of Laurel Barn Squares, to the festival circuit and helped them in becoming one of Ohio’s top Barn Square artists. Prestigious award winner, Jim Gorman, with his toy tractor replicas, helped get the fest started in 2010 and is a true friend to Ms. Hall. Jim's tractor replicas and small scale "FARM" amaze the old and the young. Gourd artists, Joy Jackson and friend Renee, of Joy of Gourds, simply can do the unimaginable with a plain simple garden gourd. Bill and Keith , of Salem Pumpkins and Ornamentals ,2012 Best Decorated Booth winners , wows the crowd with not only their unique pumpkins and ornamentals, but with their presentation of other garden accents, as well. A permanent fixture to the fest location is Steve and Marjorie Boehme, of GoodSeed Nursery, featuring their mums,perennials , trees, mulch and much more. The list just goes on and on ranging from jams, jellies, candies, pumpkins, honey, soaps, jewelry, floral's, antiques, caricature artist to American Girl doll clothes, There is a little something for everyone.
What is the first thing one looks for when going to an outside festival? Food of course. Food will be featured and sold in restaurant fashion inside Ms Hall's reception hall. A wide variety of homestyle cooking will be presented by some of this areas best local family owned caterers.
Plenty of tables and chairs for eating in a relaxed atmosphere. Buckeye Confections offers her sweet treats for sale to satisfy that sweet tooth. Kettle Korn and gigantic soft pretzels will also be available. There will be no excuse for leaving hungry.
The Appalachian Artisans Fest has joined with the Central Ohio Opry Band to feature a Fest Dinner Buffet and Opry on Friday evening Oct 3 from 5-7. The cost is $31.99 which includes fine dining and a Branson style Opry, featuring Mike Hutchinson and Jenny Lyn. Reservations are required and some of the artisans will be set up for a sneak preview and early shopping.
Become involved with a competition with local high schools and help pick out the winner.
More on that later......
The AAF is always accepting fine crafters, artisans and artists. Call 937-695-5545 for any information. Please note the other Appalachian Events presented by hostess, Jo Hall.
Appalachian Artisans Fest - October 4-5, 2014
Valentines Opry and Dinner -February 14th, 2014
Appalachian Potpourri of ArtistsMarch 22, 2014
Mothers Day Dinner -May 9th,10th & 11th, 2014
Appalachian Mountain Christmas - November 14-16, 2014