Mountain Heritage Day accepting early applications for vendor spaces

The deadline for vendors to submit early applications for prime spaces at Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture, is rapidly approaching.

Organizers said Monday, June 12, will close out the preferred application period for arts, crafts and food vendors to participate in the event, recently named a top 20 festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The family oriented daylong celebration typically attracts more than 12,000 visitors, who enjoy continuous music and dance, exhibitions of shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.

Vendor and exhibitor information and applications are available at www.mountainheritageday.com.

The 43rd annual festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event is publicized by the university throughout the Southeast through print and broadcast advertising, social media and billboards. Organizers anticipate more than 120 booths of regional arts and crafts, and vendors offering ethnic, heritage and festival food, as well as an expanded lineup of music and dance performances, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs.

Mountain Heritage Day features more than 100 booths of hand-crafted items.

Already booked for performances are the band Mountain Faith and Country Current, the U.S. Navy bluegrass band, and dozens of other performers. Traditional festival events include chainsaw competition, an antique car and truck show, storytelling and clogging, along with living-history demonstrations of muzzle-loading rifles, blacksmithing, corn shuck crafts, Cherokee crafts and broom-making. Children’s activities include sack races, free wagon rides and hayrides.

Mountain Heritage Day is part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, with www.BlueRidgeMusicNC.com providing an easy and convenient way to find festivals, concerts, jam sessions and plenty of singing and dancing to the traditional music of Western North Carolina. To learn more about WCU’s festival, visit www.mountainheritageday.com or call 828-227-3039.

Editor’s Note: Country Current will not perform as originally scheduled. Performing instead will be Frogtown, a regional favorite bluegrass band.