We find many of the same local artisans with booths at our downtown festivals. We have several potters who display their works and sometimes demonstrate throwing pots at the booth. Quilters and knitters are very common as well. This year we had several vendors new to the festival.
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This potter had not previously had a booth.
There were two booths with sweetgrass baskets and bowls. Most people think of these as Gullah baskets from the coast in lower SC and GA. One of the vendors was, in fact, from Charleston, SC. But many people do not realize that we have sweetgrass along the rivers here in the mountains. The Cherokee have made sweetgrass baskets for centuries. We also have river cane which is stripped for baskets as well. It seems surprising to see stands of bamboo growing along the river in the mountains.
Lovely sweetgrass baskets
One booth featured glass birdbaths, something I've never seen before. They would certainly add color to your yard.
Not all the vendors were new. The ubiquitous funnel cakes and sno cones were right at hand. along with many of the "fair" favorites.
It was such a nice day. We met lots of our friends and acquaintances strolling the street or manning the booths.