RIPLEY, W.Va. (WTAP) - A longtime Fourth of July tradition is returning to its roots in Jackson County.
The Mountain State Art and Craft Fair in Ripley was held in September each of the past two years, but this year’s 56th annual event will return to the July 4th holiday weekend.
The fair’s president, Jan Sizemore, says the change is a welcome one.
“We had a 2-year experiment as a fall event, but our artisans and our patrons indicated they prefer the traditional summer time frame,” Sizemore said. “We listened and we reacted. Ripley has a great week-long Fourth of July Celebration and we’re proud to be part of it again.
“This is known as ‘The Granddaddy of Art & Craft Fairs’ for a reason. We plan to maintain that rich tradition by making this year a big homecoming.”
For the past two years, the fair has included five villages comprised of cultures that made Appalachia special. The Americas, Celtic, Swiss, Italian and German cultures are represented through traditional cuisine and music.
The marketplace area has tasty treats such as apple butter, cornmeal and a selection of West Virginia wines and craft beers. The fair also features several make-it take-it activities for all ages, along with live demonstrations of Appalachian heritage crafts and a quilt show.
More than 20 volunteers are helping organize this year’s event.
The fair will from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. July 4-7. Admission will be $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel, and $5 for kids through age 5.
Additional information is available at www.msacf.com or by calling 304-372-3247.