Saturday, September 20, 2008

Backwoods Arts and Crafts Festival 2008

The Backwoods Arts and Crafts Festival is now being held in Ohio.
It started Friday, September 19 and runs
through Sunday the 21st at
Thornville, Ohio
. It is located on a wooded farm at 8572 High Point

The hours are from 10 to 6 and admission is $7.00 with free
parking and children under 10 are

also admitted free.
It is held on a 60 acre wooded area in northern Perry County,
and is one of Ohio's finest arts and crafts festivals.
Craft vendors from several states come to share a variety of
items and the sounds of the Mid-west's greatest Bluegrass
Bands can be heard throughout the grounds.
Wear you casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes and be
prepared to spend the day with all there is to see.
It is attended by thousands over the three day period.
Medical and law enforcement attendants are in attendance if
the need arises.
With the weather in the upper 70's, fair skies and gentle
breezes it made for a lovely day outdoors.

An 1840 encampment is also located on the grounds, with
demonstrations on how life would be lived in a settlement of the
era. Also the sell of items
that would be used at the time, such as forged items, wooded,
wool, fur, antler, etc.

The aroma of open fire and kettle cooked foods that makes
your mouth water can be eaten.
Along with every food item
imaginable from steak, chicken, pizza, hamburgers, brats,
sausage gravy, vegetable soup, beans and cornbread,
omelets, potatoes, chicken noodles,bread bowls, to fried
bologna and green fried tomatoes.

There were over 225 different artists and craftsman
represented throughout the grounds. Some of those items
Country crafts, primitives, candles, jewelry, ceramics, metal
work, stained glass, hand painted wood and porcelain, quilts,
fabric crafts, blacksmithing, acrylic sculpting, baskets, pottery,
tapestry, blown glass, candy, books, tole painting, sculptures,
broom making, wood furniture, wool clothing, florals, silversmith,
Native American, fabric crafts, seasonal decor, recycles and
garden decor. It was all amazing!

Although most of the pictures I took were just garden
related items there was one recycled booth that really
caught my attention.

The American Forging booth was hand hammered aluminum
decor and plates made from aluminum cans.It was such
a beautiful way to recyle that I had to include a picture.

Some of the garden crafts offered were:

Plant rooters

Giant Metal Flowers

Bird feeders and flowers made from recycled pans, plates
and dishes

Hypertufa Mushrooms and Troughs

Some of the garden items offered and not pictured were
too numerous: hanging basket holders and planters from
wood, metal, glass and ceramics. Water fountains, primitives,
recycles, garden decor
of every type. Garden furniture. Axe
hewn statues. Flag holders, gazing
ball holders and glass
floats. The list could just go on and on. One had to see

all of it to appreciate all of the talent and the items that
were shown
throughout the grounds. The seasonal yard and
garden decor was amazing!

Also offered for Fall decorating were:
Mums, pumpkins, gourds, and Corn.

I picked up some Indian Corn to add to my Fall decorating.
I got four ears for $2.25 and was pleased with the purchase.
Their website is Backwoods Festival.


Chandramouli S said...

Wow! Nice mums... My favorite are they :), but I never managed to get them grow from seeds :(. They look so beautiful. Lucky you that you have awesome varieties. The metal flowers are artistic - for a moment when I quickly scrolled down, I thought it was real...

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Those recycled things--both the hammered aluminum plates and the birdfeeders--were some of the prettiest things I've seen. I love repurposed items in the garden... I don't know how you managed to leave without one of everything! :)

Mono said...

The giant metal flowers look so vintage-y and the bird feeders are awesome, too. Do they have wind chimes?

Interesting pictures!