BY AMY ROSE
Moving the Appalachian Heritage Fair from May to June improved both weather and attendance, according to Dawn Coleman, park ranger of the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.
The seventh annual event held Saturday and Sunday showcased many aspects of Appalachian culture, from music and crafts to a tractor show and sheep-shearing.
"The park staff is excited about bringing events such as this to the public, not only to educate people but to make sure everyone is having a good time," Coleman said in a news release.
Coleman said the turnout was good, a fact which she attributed to scheduling the event later this year.
In previous years, the event was held in May and often was challenged by rainy weather, she said.
This year, much activity could be found at the Crockett replica cabin, where Tim Massey protrayed Crockett, complete with coonskin cap.
On the cabin's porch, Appalachian music was played by "Art and Cathy," of the Roan Mountain area, who have made music together for 22 years.
Art Lang plays the banjo, fiddle, guitar and harmonica.
Cathy Ciolac plays the auto harp and dulcimer.
The fair showcased local artisans and the traditional style of homemade arts and crafts.
Such crafts as spinning fiber, basketry, woodworking, woodcarving, and pottery-making were demonstrated.
"We have been pleased with this event and with the support of the community and hope that each year we continue in successfully sharing our culture and heritage with the public," Coleman said in the news release.
The event is sponsored by the Pioneer Friends Group, a non-profit organization made up of dedicated and concerned citizens to help educate the public on Appalachian Heritage, natural resources and bringing people and nature together as one, the news release said.