Come to Berea for their biggest event of the summer, the July 14-16 Berea Craft Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
You’ll find art by 120 artists from 20 states showcasing new and exciting pieces of traditional and contemporary art, including pottery, wood-turned pieces, woven baskets, clothing, watercolors, jewelry, and much more.
In addition to shopping the booths that line up under the old tree canopy at Indian Fort Theater, you can watch educational craft demonstrations, such as raku pottery-firing, basket making, silversmithing, woodturning, and carving.
Strolling musicians and vocal groups with dulcimers, fiddles, and guitars fill the air with folk, jazz, and toe-tapping mountain music, and you can grab a snack at the food booths. Saturday features The Reel World String Band, an all-female folk music group. Peach Pie Jazz Quartet from Pennsylvania will appear on Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s event benefits the Humane Society. Author Leigh Anne Florence will appear on Saturday with her two dachshunds, Woody and Chloe, who have become popular in her four children books.
The festival is family oriented with booths for children and a special family interactive art project on Friday and Sunday where you can “Be an Artist for a Day and help an animal for a lifetime.” You help complete paintings and the canvases will be donated to the Humane Society to be auctioned off at a fundraiser.
Admission to the festival is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and free for children under 12. The festival is held at the Indian Fort Theater (take I-75 to Berea, exits 76 or 77, and follow the signs to Berea Craft Festival). For more information call the Berea Welcome Center at (800) 598-5263 or go online to www.bereacraftfestival.com.