As one of Warren County’s longstanding community traditions, the Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival is proud to once again celebrate the time honored practice of handcrafted artistry.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Warren County Fairgrounds, 371 Barton Run Road, Route 6, Pittsfield.
The hours are 10 a.m .to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine.
Now in its 42nd year, the festival has grown to include more than 150 juried local and national artisans. From potters to painters, Wild Wind’s crafters are selected to captivate every interest. Many of them return year after year, a clear indicator of the event’s high quality.
Others are new to the show, adding to the festival’s artistic diversity and offering visitors a unique experience from year to year. Taking advantage of the fairground’s idyllic setting, artists display their wares in quaint, open air barns and the surrounding outdoor areas under tents.
Whether searching for a one-of-a-kind collector’s piece or a small gift item, festivalgoers are invited to take time at each exhibit as they make their way through the grounds. In addition to offering a showcase of handcrafted art, Wild Wind is proud to honor the value of time spent with family and friends. Children can delight in the ever popular traveling petting zoo, face painting, balloon artistry and more.
Another favorite is the Tamarack Wildlife Center with its birds of prey exhibit and lectures. New this year, teams of oxen and their 4-H trainers will be stationed throughout the festival. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions about these magnificent animals.
Other demonstrations, from wool spinning to chainsaw carving, take place for the duration of the show, providing everyone the opportunity to enjoy the day.
Of special interest, Alexander the Magician returns to delight children and adults alike with a new twist on his unique blend of humor and enchantment. This award-winning professional entertainer is set to showcase his talents with performances scheduled throughout the weekend.
When it comes time to take a break from all of the show’s sights, a shaded picnic area is the perfect retreat. Here, a culinary assortment of delectable foods await hearty appetites.
Live music is on deck to add to the ambiance, with Stephen Eng and Old Dawg Bluegrass Band on Saturday and the band Temple Grey adding to the toe-tapping on Sunday.
The Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival welcomes everyone to make a treasured memory by joining them for the day - or the whole weekend - to embrace the wonder of award-winning craftsmanship and family fun.
This is truly a special event, one not to be missed.