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Folk Arts Center's Appalachian crafts fair coming
MOREHEAD The summer edition of the Kentucky Folk Art Center's Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fair will be happening sooner than ever this year.

The semi-annual event will be staged Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Laughlin Health Building on the Morehead State University campus as a highlight of the expanded Bluegrass 'n More, A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage, scheduled June 4-8.

Previously held on the last Saturday in June, the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fair was a featured event of the former Appalachian Celebration which has merged into Bluegrass 'n More.

"We are pleased that this popular event will continue as part of the community's exciting new festival in early June," said Matt Collinsworth, director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center. "Starting this year, the arts and crafts fair will be held on the first Saturday of June and the holiday fair will continue to be staged on the first Saturday of December."

More than 100 artists and craftspeople will display and sell a large and varied selection of regional arts and crafts. Admission is $3 per person and free parking will be available at the site.

A free shuttle will be available to take festival visitors to and from the arts and crafts fair on the MSU campus and the "A Day in the Country Folk Art Show" in a tent on First Street near KFAC.

Biuegrass 'n More is Kentucky's first Bluegrass festival of the summer season and will offer 30 hours of acoustic and vocal music from two different venues in downtown Morehead. Music performances are free and open to the public.

"We are keeping the best of what has been done in the past and adding fresh activities to make this one of the state's most successful music-related community festivals," said Jan Bishop and Don Rigsby, co-chairs of the festival planning committee.

Bluegrass, folk, oldtimey and gospel music will be featured at the main stage in a large tent and in another tent adjacent to the Moonlight School, both on First Street. Theatre presentations will be staged at the Rowan County Public Library.

Other festival attractions include presentation of the Appalachian Treasure Award, a tall tales contest, folk arts, regional drama, children's theatre, heritage crafts, traditional dance, photographic exhibitions, writing and publishing workshop, dulcimer jam and workshop, a jam camp for Bluegrass musicians, musical instrument demonstrations and displays, and a woodcarving extravaganza.

Primary sponsors of Bluegrass 'n More are the Morehead Tourism Commission, Kentucky Folk Art Center, Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, City of Morehead and Morehead Tomorrow.

Additional information is available by phone at 606-784-6221 or 800-654-1944 or on the Web at www.bluegrassnmore. com.

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