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Carter County Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates 50 years

Members of the Carter County Arts and Crafts Festival and Food Fair Committee celebrate 50 years. Back row: Leasa Chandler, Angie Rowe, Julie Maher and Judith Schofield. Front row:Phyllis Turner, Kaye Seeliger and Barbara Swindell.
A booth selling homemade preserves and canned items.
In 1985, the arena was opened up for booths. Today booths in the arena are the first to sell out because they offer larger spaces.
A booth selling hooded towels with popular characters.
Bright, colorful and eclectic crafted items.
A booth with a wide range of baked goods, preserves and handmade items.
Booths such as this selling Christmas decorations are especially popular.

The Carter County Arts and Crafts Competition and Foodstuff Reasonable will be returning to Hardy Murphy Coliseum future weekend. This year’s event will be primarily festive as it will be celebrating its 50th yr, and special shows and decor will be established up to mark the occasion. 

Pageant Publicity Chair Kaye Seeliger claimed she and Pageant Chair Barbara Swindell have been a portion of the event from the really starting.

“Again when the competition started off in 1972, items like craft festivals just were being not occurring. It was a absolutely new principle,” Seeliger explained. “Men and women had just started getting into crocheting, woodworking and generating crafts back again then, so they finished up with all of this things but no spot to market it. The Carter County Extension Homemakers had a dwelling economist named Clara at the time, and she was the just one who came up with the notion of keeping a pageant. Who would have assumed that we’d continue to be keeping it soon after all these yrs?”