Summer’s sunny disposition and dose of fresh air transforms the Great Smoky Mountains into a lush green blanket of color. And although the weather itself is good enough reason to make the trip to this family fun destination, it’s the annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair from July 18 – 27, 2014, that really adds to the appeal!
With over 200 booths to explore, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this annual crafts fair—fine art and creative gifts, raffles, food, demonstrations, art activities, live music, and more!
A Multi-Level Mecca of Artistry
Year after year, more than 180 artisans and craftsmen from all over the U.S. come together to deliver one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures for fair goers. Every item is beautifully crafted with the utmost skill and quality and beautifully displayed throughout the fair. You’ll get to watch as skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents, answer questions and teach onlookers how to perfect a particular craft. This interactive format is by far one of the best aspects of the Summer Craftsmen’s Fair.
The shows feature woodcarving, pottery, broom making, metal work, stained glass, jewelry, calligraphy and more. And thanks to a partnership with Smoky Mountain Area Ministries, there is even a new children’s area, complete with lots of art projects—from making necklaces to painting birdhouses. It’s free, available for children 2 and older, and completely adorable!
The fair hosts amazing artisans and craftsmen throughout the fair, but these show participants are known worldwide for their craft:
Larry Burton, an award-winning artist from Townsend, Tennessee, creates watercolor masterpieces of stunning East Tennessee scenery, including the Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove and Blue Ridge Parkway. His limited additions are even showcased in many prominent businesses in the East Tennessee area, such as Alcoa, Clayton Homes and Blount Memorial Hospital.
Sandy Hensley, a jewelry designer from Shelbyville, Kentucky, creates unique, handcrafted pendants, neck rings and bracelets—each with a sleek, sophisticated design and modern elements.
Charles Adams, a stained glass artist from Troy, Alabama, has participated in the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair for almost 30 years and never fails to sell out of his unique collection of stained glass works. His designs include lamps, kaleidoscopes, windows, doors, clocks, sun catchers and his specialty, stained glass angels.
As you browse and shop the heirloom quality products, you’ll also get to enjoy some live country and bluegrass music. It’s free and features a stunning ensemble comprised of Dennis Lee and Band and Tim Watson, “The Fiddle Man”. Performances begin every day at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm, so you can either stop and enjoy the show or enjoy their harmonic melodies while you browse stunning local art.
Join the Fun
The fair, located in the Gatlinburg Convention Center, is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily, except for Sunday, which is 10 am to 5 pm. And for just $6 per person (children are free), you can enjoy an amazing day with your loved ones and even leave with a souvenir or two!
Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair
234 Historic Nature Trail,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738