Artists fill town square for Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, Aug. 2-3

Burnsville’s town square becomes a haven for arts and crafts during the 57th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. The annual craft fair is held on the town square in Burnsville on the first Friday and Saturday of August.

A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for the month of August, this year’s fair takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, with more than 150 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable.

Tens of thousands of people attend the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair each year, searching for those special, one-of-a-kind items created by artisans from across the Blue Ridge.

Shoppers browse a wide selection of items, including handmade quilts, various types of pottery, jewelry from local gemstones, rustic furniture, blacksmith creations, traditional mountain instruments, hand-turned wooden bowls, jams and jellies and stained glass art. Guests are encouraged to have a seat and watch as the artisans produce their craft throughout  both days.

In addition to the variety of exhibitors, the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair features live music and entertainment on the bandstand.

There is also a food court serving such southern delights like pork barbecue and homemade ice cream.

Step back into the past as you enjoy an old-fashioned town square event that exhibits southern hospitality at its best. Burnsville is located in Yancey County, Yancey is home of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi at an elevation of 6,684 feet. Burnsville is about 20 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 35 miles northeast of Asheville.

For information on the 57th annual Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, call 828-682-7413, or visit

Scheduled music acts include:
• “Road Tripp”
• “Doc Hill Bluegrass Band”
• “Dance Express Cloggers and Dancers”
• Rob and Hannah Levin
• Eva Kroon Pike
• “Ron and Minnie Powell and the Lucky Streak Band”
• “Roan Mountain
 Moonshiners, Hot Duck Soup”
• “Ronnie Robertson and the Can’t Hardly Play Boys”
• Roberta Whiteside