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Mountain State Art and Craft Fair starts today in Ripley

Jul. 01, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

RIPLEY, W.Va. -- West Virginia's oldest heritage fair, the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair (MSACF), is scheduled to take place this year at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, July 1-3.

In addition to experiencing more than 130 juried artisans demonstrating and selling their wares, this year's fair offers the very best of traditional Appalachian music, food, heritage exhibits and family activities.

The West Virginia Mountains provide the backdrop for the three-day event where visitors get a chance to shop and learn about products that are as authentic as the people.

"Art and craft fairs are a West Virginia tradition that every generation understands and enjoys," says MSACF President Jeannie Smith, in a news release. "We really want the event to be something that everyone will enjoy as a family, from sons and daughters to moms and dads to grandmothers and grandfathers."

The fair gives everyone a chance to meet the crafters and see how their wares are made by hand.

During the fair there will be educational classes and participants will leave each class with a completed project. Each class is designed and developed by the individual artisans. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family, including new this year a farmer's market featuring locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Mountain State Art and Craft fair is located on the grounds of Cedar Lakes Conference Center off I-77 at the Ripley/Fairplain Exit 132.

For more information, go online at www.msacf.com or call 1-800-CALLWVA.

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