Tradition has always been at the forefront of Mountaineer Week and in 1972 the first Arts & Crafts Festival was held. A focus was placed on the traditional crafts that were created by those who settled in Appalachia. In cooperation with the West Virginia State Department of Commerce and the Campus Club, the Arts and Crafts Festival was held in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair. Some crafts that highlighted the event were spinning, wood carving, early American basketry, cornhusk dolls, pottery, leather crafts, blacksmithing, and dulcimer making.
Today, the Craft Fair and Quilt Show both remain the central focus of Mountaineer Week. The Craft Fair is now spills out on to the majority of Mountainlair’s entire ballroom and second floor and features traditional and contemporary crafts with 60 artisans from West Virginia and neighboring states. Adorning the Mountaineer Room and Ballroom Stage of the Mountainlair will be colorful handmade quilts showcasing the talents of the Country Roads Quilt Guild members.
Friday, October 20 – Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Applying2017 Craft Fair Application and Letter Closed!
You can download a copy of our Mountaineer Week Craft Fair application and letter above. For information on participating in the Mountaineer Week Craft Fair please contact Sonja Wilson or call 304-293-2702.
You are required to submit five (5) photos or a CD of digital pictures of your work
or actual samples of your work. The crafts will be judged on the basis of design,
craftsmanship, creativity and the number of crafts per category. If you have more
than one type of craft you must submit work for each type (i.e. paintings and edibles;
woodwork and wearables.)
There is no fee for APPLYING to the Mountaineer Week Craft Fair.
Please submit your application and materials by
Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Those accepted/not accepted will receive notification by the first week of July.
West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project
Presented by West Virginia Quilters, Inc.; West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts
The goal of this project is to gather information on pre-1970 quilts that were made or reside in West Virginia. Mountaineer Week will provide a convenient opportunity to bring quilts for documentation. Make an appointment (Friday October 20 from 10:00am till 3:00pm or Saturday October 21 from 10:00am till 3:00pm) and a team of volunteers will measure, photograph, date and ID the pattern. Bring information and pictures of the quiltmaker, but “maker unknown” quilts are also welcomed. Data gathered will be stored in the WV Culture Center Archives and will be uploaded to the online data base The Quilt Index www.quiltindex.org . Information about quilt ownership will remain confidential.
Contact Jane Larke 304-370-3239 or go to www.wvquilters.org to make an appointment or to volunteer your help.
Location: Cathedral Room, Mountainlair