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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Coming Up: King's Mountain Art Fair

King's Mountain Art Fair, Labor Day Weekend in Woodside 10:00-5:00

In spite of the beautiful woodsy location and the yummy pancake breakfast, Mark has had enough of the Kings Mountain Art Fair, coming up this Labor Day weekend. Last year we spent more than $500 and he’s afraid we'll spend more.

We got great stuff, though, including a hand-painted silk wall-hanging for our bedroom, a puzzle for our niece, plus birthday and holiday gifts for our moms. One year at the fair (yes, we’ve been several times), we met a pewter artisan who turned out to be our Madison, Wisconsin dentist’s brother.

The fair has a kids’ craft area (Kiddie Hollow), with spin art, puppet making and other fun activities run by local high school kids. Tickets run $3 for 12 tickets (I think it’s a few tickets per craft), and they have books you can read the kids while lounging on comfie beanbags too. Just outside Kiddie Hollow, the local school moms sell enormous home-baked cookies for $3 as a fundraiser. The fair also features expensive face painting and some booths selling kid-stuff (like the aforementioned puzzles).

You can meet the firemen (the fair benefits the local volunteer fire department) next to the upper beverage booth, and get a free Smokey Bear coloring book.

If you bring a stroller to this gorgeous wooded setting, make sure the wheels can handle the dirt and small hills, since most paths aren't paved.

The fair runs Saturday to Monday from 10:00-5:00. Go early - parking is tough. The festival is on Skyline Blvd, about 6 miles south of Hwy 92. It’s a twisty narrow road and parking is where you pull onto the shoulder in the dirt. The later you get there, the further you park (though they have shuttles). One idea is to get there in time for the pancake breakfast (8:00 to 10:30) – and then parking is much easier.

Did I mention the pancake breakfast?

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