Festival accepting applications for vendor, nonprofit spaces

Vendors need to submit applications now for prime spaces at Mountain Heritage Day.

Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture, is currently accepting applications from arts, crafts and food vendors, as well as nonprofit and community organizations, for midway spaces.

This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the WCU campus in Cullowhee. The free, family oriented celebration last year attracted nearly 15,000 visitors and hosted more than 130 vendors.

Mountain Heritage Day is known for a varied selection of high-quality arts and crafts on sale. Examples of handiwork includes baskets, stoneware pottery, corn shuck toys, quilts, furniture, glassworks, jewelry, leather goods and metal work. To maintain the expected high standards established by the festival, organizers said all applicants will be reviewed, regardless of past participation. The festival awards cash prizes and recognition to the artists and crafts-makers in four categories: Best in Show, First Place, Second Place and Best Booth Display.

“Mountain Heritage Day is a wonderful opportunity to reach and interact with the Western North Carolina community,” said Stacy MacGregor, WCU special events director and festival co-chair. “With limited space available, we ask all applications be finalized by Friday, June 29.”

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