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BURNSVILLE, N.C. 28714
The 21st Annual
The 21st annual Mi. Mlichell Craftsmens Fair Is
in full swing; the town is a|ve with activity, booths
are being built on the square; last mhiute
arrangements are being Bade with Craftsmen,
batbecuers, builders, etfertainers, hosts, and
hostesses. Visitors are arriving filling up hotels,
motels, campgrounds, and the homes of residents
who roll out the red carpel and roll-away beds; and
display their manners, '.Afcia, and hospitality. The
small town of Burnsvfße is eqfoying the peak of its
tourist season with a festive array of entertaining
This year’s fair will offer a large number and
wider range of Craftsmen than previous years.
Over 130 Craftspeople bom as far away as New
Haven, Connecticut, and Miami, Florida will
gather on the square and display such varied
talents as nallcrafting and sandpainting. Familiar
names such as Luther Thomas, Bertha Bennett and
> Thomas Oates will hang alongside such newcomers
as Marian Klemezak, Vicki Love, and Marion Fall.
Popular demonstrations such as Mrs. Bertha
Byrd’s apple butter will be Joined by the turning of
Charles Thomases’ gris mill and Cell Whitebrook’s
welding and soldering of metal sculpture.
jsome added features of this year’s Fair will be
supervised parking lots for visitors and bee shuttle
bus service to and bom the square. The Craftsmen
will keep their booths open until 8:00 p.m. Friday to
accommodate latecomers and those who work
during the day. The barbecue pit will be extended
to serve upward of two thousand chicken dinners.
Tickets for the barbecue will be sold early Saturday
morning to shorten the length of the serving line.
Entertainment will include square «i«nolwg and
clogging, baqjo picking, and folk singing bom
many of the participants in this year’s Youth
Jamboree as well as special presentations by
“Campers in the Forest” and Gretchen Robinson.
Many of the Craftspeople will demonstrate their
skills. There will be horse-shoe pitching for those
with strong backs and children’s gaiqes for those
with nimble feet. A
Certain aspects of the Fab will remain the
same-the same friendly openness of the
townspeople and merchants, the same delicious
flavor of barbecue chicken, the same hustle and
bustle of crowds inspecting Craftsmen’s wares,
enjoying games or relaxing on the village green.
August 5, 6
Burnsville , N.C.
THURSDAY. AUGUST 4.1977
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