So you have settled into your Gatlinburg rental cabin and spent some time unwinding. So what’s next? Tourism surveys indicate that one primary “to do” while on vacation is to acquire both personal souvenirs and mementos for others. For those who are also planning ahead for the holidays, finding a few just-perfect gifts is an added benefit of early shopping. What if you could locate all of the purchases you seek in a single location? You can do just that by attending the 39th Annual Fall Craftsmen’s Fair, currently occurring in the heart of town at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This event gathers together fine craftspeople from all over the country, including multiple artists from around our local area (over 170 are attending this season). The fair is a nationally recognized tourism event for the southeastern United States. If quality, artisan products interest you, you must stop and shop here!
Visiting this biannual gathering offers not just a gift buying spree opportunity, but also a cultural and educational experience. Professional artists demonstrate their work, and also gladly answer questions regarding their specific artistic passion and livelihood. Any media you can name, along with multiple crafts you may have yet to discover can be found over multiple floors at this location. Fine drawings, paintings, and photography of many types, along with pottery wares for both aesthetics and function can be purchased here. Handwoven crafts, all types of original, one-of-a-kind jewelry; glass, wood and leather works; clothing, toys, decorative items, and many other artisan products are offered. There is just too much variety to be described in short summary in a blog.
Let me emphasize clearly that this event is not akin to your hometown craft fair. These distinctive artists must be screened for their skills prior to exhibiting, and the exceptionally talented are showcased here. This is the place to find the unusual, the uncommon, perhaps even the unheard of item that will suit your needs. For every artist’s wares on display, the principal craftsmen for that product line must be present at the fair. Quality crafting is both considered and honored throughout the venue. There are unique goods available in all price ranges, and all items are carefully curated for your viewing and purchase.
Don’t miss this opportunity. It is true that multiple arts and crafting events occur in different locations in our area throughout the year. None is as unique and comprehensive as the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, held during our season of autumn beauty in October. Plan to enjoy yourself and save precious vacation time too, by finding everything in one location. Come browse to locate that special creative piece , and even enjoy live bluegrass music daily while you shop. Adult admission is a modest $6 per person, with children 12 and under free. The Gatlinburg Convention Center is a modern and comfortable facility located at 234 Historic Nature Trail, which is the Traffic Light #8 intersection with the Parkway. For daily hours and more details regarding this must-attend event, view this link: http://www.craftsmenfair.com/Fall-Craft-Fair.htm