ColorFest, Dillsboro’s 11th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, will hit the streets on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the historic town of Dillsboro.

Located just a few miles off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the walk-about mountain town, now over 128 years old, is a perfect place to showcase authentic works of the hand. Dipping back into its history, Dillsboro flourished in the late 1800s as a railroad town, and is still on the route of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

Featured in this year’s ColorFest is some of the best fine artists and fine crafters in Western North Carolina, plus great entertainment. Artisans will be displaying authentic works in pottery, jewelry, photography, loom beading, handmade soaps, many kinds of needle work, Christmas ornaments, wreaths, candles, rustic furniture, baskets, books and much more.

Most of the artisans will be demonstrating their work and striving for the prizes awarded for first and second place in fine art and fine craft and one best of show winner sponsored by Champion Credit Union.

To add to the festivities, stop by the first booth and taste the old time mixed pickles made by Betty Brown from Tuckasegee—pickles (corn, green beans and cabbage) made “by the signs” in a crock.

The entertainment stage located at the end of Church Street, will host four local acts. Beginning at 10 a.m., a high-energy dance team, the J. Creek Cloggers will dance on the street.

At 11 a.m., Scott McCracken will perform. Scott McCracken (guitar, vocals) is a WNC native with a lifetime of guitar, bass and vocal projects from full bands to acoustic acts in many genres…all done with expertise and total heart & soul.

Beginning at noon, Dillsboro welcomes the husband and wife team called Twelfth Fret, featuring a acoustic duo with Craig Neidlinger on guitar and Kim Neidlinger on upright bass. Twelfth Fret performs original as well as pop and classic rock covers of music by John Prine, America, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Eagles, Elton John, Tom Petty and more.

From 1:30 until 3 p.m., Michael Jacobs will entertain. Michael is a multi award-winning singer/songwriter who creates a compelling blend of roots rock and folk. Michael’s professional music career began as a songwriter and guitarist in Nashville TN. He has recorded eight commercially and critically successful CD’s.

Within the vivid colors of autumn, you are invited to come and enjoy Dillsboro on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at ColorFest. Come, stroll through the colorful fine arts and crafts, dance and sing to the music, feel the breeze of mountains and taste the foods of this welcoming town. For more information, call Brenda Anders at Dogwood Crafters, 828-506-8331.

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