By Dave Russell
ColorFest, Dillsboro’s annual fine arts and crafts fair, is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
Artisans will be displaying authentic works in pottery, jewelry, photography, loom beading, handmade soaps, many kinds of needlework, Christmas ornaments, wreaths, candles, rustic furniture, baskets and more.
Some of the artisans will be demonstrating their work and striving for the prizes awarded for first and second place in fine art and fine craft and one “best of show” winner.
There will be food trucks, funnel cakes, popcorn and more, said Brenda Anders, one of the organizers of the event.
“If people want beer or other food, Innovation Brewing is right across the street and we have five wonderful restaurants,” she said. “Dillsboro is getting better and better for food.”
The entertainment stage, located at the end of Church Street, will host four local acts.
Beginning at 10 a.m. the J. Creek Cloggers will dance on the street. This group of dancers is keeping alive the old mountain tradition of clogging, audience participation square dances and broom dances. Members will demonstrate different styles of dance including buck dancing, flat-footing and clogging.
At 11 a.m., Scott McCracken will perform. McCracken is a Western North Carolina native with a lifetime of guitar, bass and vocal projects from full bands to acoustic acts in many genres.
At noon, Dillsboro welcomes the husband and wife team Twelfth Fret, featuring an acoustic duo with Craig Neidlinger on guitar and Kim Neidlinger on upright bass. Twelfth Fret performs original as well as pop and classic rock covers of music by John Prine, America, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Eagles, Elton John, Tom Petty and more.
From 1:30-3 p.m., Michael Jacobs will entertain. Jacobs is a multi award-winning singer/songwriter who plays roots rock and folk. He has recorded eight commercially and critically successful albums.
The event started in Sylva 10 years ago and later moved to Dillsboro, Anders said.
“We still like to use local artists if at all possible, but we’ll accept anybody who has a good product that is handmade,” Anders said. “We try to get local people because many of them depend on this for income.”
Another purpose of the event is to get visitors to fall in love with Dillsboro and come back again, she said.
“Some visitors come back year after year to get the same product, like their favorite soap or jewelry,” she said.
About 95 percent of the artisans at ColorFest are local, living within 75 miles, and most are from Jackson County.
The festival is still accepting applications for vendors, particularly ceramicists, basket-makers and people who make gourds, she said. For more information, call Anders at 506-8331.