If you come to Gatlinburg for the music, art, culture, shopping, or crafts, then you will want to spend some time at the 36th annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. Voted into the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Craftsmen’s Fair will offer an expansive blend of music and art from vendors both local and across the nation. The Gatlinburg Convention Center will be home to this splendid showcase from October 6th-23rd.
Throughout the year, Gatlinburg plays host to a number of fairs, but this one is unique in that there will be artisans from around the United States not only displaying and selling their hand-crafted goods, but also demonstrating their distinctive talents. Basket weaving, wood carving, painting and candle making are just a few of the interesting things you will find while perusing the over 200 booths at this exhibition. There is even a jury process in place to ensure that each vendor’s work is authentic and of the utmost quality. The Southeast Tourism Society has said of the Craftsmen’s Fair, “Rarely does an event come along that features the wonderful variety of juried artists as the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. It is a show that should not be missed!”
While you look around, live bluegrass and country music from artists such as Tim Watson “The Fiddle Man,” and Dennis Lee and Band will carry you along. On Sundays, shows will be at 12 pm and 2 pm; during the week, music will be live at 12, 2 and 4 pm. While you shop, also remember that the holidays are right around the corner, and this is a great chance to pick up some gifts for the whole family, or to fill your bag with Christmas decorations for all those holiday parties.
There will be both new and returning artists this year, including:
- David Potter – 20 years of experience in traditional and functional folk pottery
- Charles Adams – 18 years at the Craftsmen’s Fair with a large collection of stained glass windows, angels, sun catchers and more
- Randy McGovern – realistic animal oil paintings, with a particular fascination with rich colors and lights
- Fritz and Penny Simonecht – works in sculptured leather
- Jeffrey Jobe – skilled silversmith
- Penny Ogle – creates children’s tents
There is always something for everyone at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, so stop by and stock up, or just take in the sights and sounds. Check out the Craftsmen’s Fair website, or call 865-436-7479 to get more event and ticket information.
Check out this video from the 2010 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair: