Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

By Darryl Payne
Posted on July 16, 2013

Some Gatlinburg attractions are open all year long, but sometimes, there are special events in the city that are so notable that they take on attraction status. One such event is the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair, which has been celebrating the region's deep, rich arts and crafts heritage since the early decades of the 1900s.

Nearly a century later, that tradition lives on at the Craftsmen's Fair through the artisans that continue to practice their arts and share their handiwork with Smoky Mountain visitors. Each year, the fair brings dozens of the nation's most talented crafts people to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for 10 days of arts, crafts and live music.

This year's fair-the 38th annual-runs July 19 through 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. You'll find some 200 booths filled with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products, and in many cases, you'll be able to see the craftsmen practicing their art on site. In addition to the merchandise, visitors traditionally enjoy the live country and bluegrass band that play on a varied schedule throughout the week.

Most of this year's participants have exhibited at the fair before, but each year, new craftsmen come in to show off their talents. This year, look for art forms that include handmade brooms, handcrafted jewelry, woodcarving, painting, glasswork, pottery, shadow boxes and much, much more.

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About Darryl Payne

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