Breaks Interstate Park will host the third annual Appalachian Heritage Festival, showcasing regional crafters, talent, and time-honored Appalachian traditions on November 2-3.
“Our region has a very rich heritage, and this festival is an opportunity to put the spotlight on that,” said Superintendent Austin Bradley, “Those who attend will have the opportunity to speak with the exhibitors, and see hands-on demonstrations, and in some cases even participate themselves,” he said.
The Appalachian Heritage Festival will focus on traditional and cultural art forms, such as weaving, jewelry making, quilting, handmade crafts, and more. Regional authors will also be on hand, and on-site demonstrations and educational opportunities will be going on throughout the day. Visitors will be able to see and learn about apple butter making, as well as food preservation. Programs focusing on frontiersman Daniel Boone, as well as two of the area’s first settlers — “fighting” Dick and Crissa Colley — will be held.
Vendors and selected exhibits will be held inside the Rhododendron Lodge and Conference Center, while the outdoor heritage demonstrations will take place at or around the Visitor Center and Rhododendron Lodge. The festival will run from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. There is no admission charge for the festival.
“This is a chance to rediscover, or experience for the first time many of the traditions that across time have made this area unique,” said Bradley.
Vendor space will be located inside the Rhododendron Conference Center. Vendor spaces are still available, but the deadline to reserve a table is Friday, October 25. For vendor guidelines and fees, contact Jayd Raines at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 276-865-4413 ext. 3213.
For additional information about this, or any other events at Breaks Park, please call 276-865-4413 ext. 3213.
Breaks Interstate Park is located on the Kentucky - Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. For more information about the park, please visit www.BreaksPark.com.