Haywood County's Balsam Range perform at a Mountain Heritage Day. Photo courtesy of Western Carolina University.

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From Western Carolina University, shared April 29:

A local chainsaw master takes part in a woodcutting contest at a Mountain Heritage Day. Photo courtesy of Western Carolina University.

CULLOWHEE – Arts, crafts and food vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy two stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.

The festival arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. Cash awards will be presented to the vendors with the best works.

Festival food vendors are required to use compostable and recyclable serving materials, with no plastic foam cups or plates, in an effort to make the festival more environmentally friendly.

Applications and instructions for arts, crafts and food vendors are available on the festival website, www.mountainheritageday.com. Arts and crafts applications must be postmarked by Friday, June 10. Food vendor applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 27.

For more general information about Mountain Heritage Day, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at (828) 227-7129.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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