If you happen to be around Burnsville on August 1 and 2, it is definitely worth the time to enjoy the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. More than 150 juried crafters display their wares in this angelic town square. Burnsville is 35 miles northeast of Asheville near Mt. Mitchell. The annual show includes work by artisans throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains and selections include jewelry, handmade quilts, wooden bowls, pottery, rustic furniture and more.
There is also fun live music along with the crafts. Scheduled acts this year include Road Tripp, Revolution Unseen, Doc Hill Bluegrass Band, Cloggers and many others.
As the Chamber of Commerce explains, “The nostalgic town square of Burnsville will once again be transformed into the best event east of the Mississippi, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. As you stroll up and down the “Norman Rockwell” streets lined with artist booths, you will find chairs and tables, hand hewn from rhododendron bushes and maple logs, seasoned blacksmiths producing everything from whimsical fairies to intricate candelabras. So, grab yourself a warm bag of fresh popped kettle corn and continue around the square and onto the side streets. You will see sparkling glass, gold, silver, and beaded jewelry, from the contemporary to the very traditional. Birdhouses, candles, soaps, and lotions available in every size and shape and we guarantee that you will find something that you like and must have. Our over 200 artists are as varied as the crafts that they produce and many will be working on their craft as you browse.”