Arts and crafts highlight event at Reelfoot Lake

Arts and crafts highlight event at Reelfoot Lake
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
The 41st Annual Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival is just a few weeks away, and Anna Crocker of Union City is ready.
The Oct. 5-7 event will take place along the southern shoreline of Reelfoot Lake, with most of the booths set up around the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center on Highway 22 West.
Last year, there were nearly 320 booths set up, selling everything from pottery to jewelry to handmade wooden furniture. Many of the exhibitors from last year’s festival are returning for this year’s event.
The festival will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ms. Crocker is the secretary/treasurer of the Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Association and is one of the key organizers of the annual event. She and others on the board have been working since early spring planning the weekend festival.
“We’re really excited about this year’s festival. We’re always excited about our festival though,” Ms. Crocker said.
The format for the three-day event remains the same from year to year. Craftsmen set up in rows on the grassy lawn along Highway 22 in the area around the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center.
Ms. Crocker said she is expecting about the same number of exhibitors for this year’s festival, and in fact already has nearly 300 exhibitors signed up for the event.
She said there are several exhibitors bringing children’s clothing this year and a chainsaw carver from Dyersburg has signed up for a booth at the festival.
“We’ve got exhibitors coming from 11 different states, and as far away as Florida, Texas and Michigan,” Ms. Crocker said. “Most of our exhibitors are from the South though, from across Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Alabama.”
Most of the booths will be set up outdoors, while a few vendors will be set up indoors at Ellington Assembly Hall, the Nat-ional Guard armory and the American Legion building.
The weekend festival has been named one of the top three arts and crafts shows in Tennessee.
The mouthwatering aroma of barbecue, fried pies, funnel cakes and other southern culinary delights will fill the air during the festival and artists and craftsmen will have their wares on display throughout the weekend.
The arts and crafts festival will also feature live musical performances. Musicians will be set up on a makeshift stage at the festival and will perform old-time string music, and then on Sunday afternoon there will be a gospel quartet featured on stage.
Published in The Messenger 9.10.12

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