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Celebrate Local Art and Entertainment in Dillsboro

Photo by Amy Ammons

Traditional and contemporary handmade arts and crafts come together with artist demonstrations, live music, festival food, bright autumn colors and the charm of small town Appalachia in an annual celebration that takes place in Dillsboro this fall.

ColorFest, now in its ninth year, will be held on Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic downtown Dillsboro. “Here in Western North Carolina, our local fine artists and crafters are exceptional,” says festival director Connie Hogan.

A few of this year’s participating artists include Sylva artist Ginny Welsh, maker of colorful fleece-lined woolen mittens and Forest City artist Jim Boxerman, self-taught leather craft artist. Dina Deason from Bryson City, an artist who specializes in acrylic on canvas and paper and paints abstracts that draw on her intense love of nature, will also be participating.

Entertainers scheduled to perform at the festival include Twelfth Fret (a husband and wife duo), the Maggie Valley Band, the J. Creek Cloggers and the Elderly Brothers.

ColorFest is a great opportunity to find special, locally made gifts for the holidays and learn about the art and craft traditions that shape the region’s unique culture.

For more information, see or call Connie Hogan at 828.586.3511.


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