Vendors sought for WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day festival

Arts, crafts and food vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy two stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shape-note singing, a 150-booth midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.

Arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. At this year’s festival, for the first time, cash awards will be presented to the vendors with the best arts and crafts.

Also new this year, food vendors are being required to use compostable and recyclable serving materials, with no plastic foam cups or plates, in an effort to make the festival more environmentally friendly.

Applications for arts, crafts and food vendors are available at the festival Web site,, or by calling WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129. The deadline for submitting arts and crafts applications is Friday, April 23. The deadline for submitting food applications is Monday, May 3.

For more general information about Mountain Heritage Day, contact festival coordinator Trina Royar at the number listed above.