Blairsville, GA – The 2017 Butternut Creek Arts and Crafts Festival held at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA this past weekend, July 15 & 16, was, again, wildly successful. The Festival, nestled by Butternut Creek and presented by High Country Artisans, Inc. of Blairsville, was maxed out with 49 vendors taking up 81 spaces plus dulcimer players, live entertainment and food. Lindsey Beth Harper, Gabe Myers and Jim Wood entertained folks on Saturday; Wyatt Espalin and the Country River Band on Sunday. Admittedly, it was warm, some would even say hot; but what else would you expect in Georgia in July? Other than a very light sprinkle on Saturday afternoon, the weather cooperated nicely.
The artists came from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida and featured everything from various wooden merchandises to jewelry to knick-knacks, yard art, and birdhouses to photography and various framed and unframed art to metal pieces of all types and pottery… and that’s by no means an exhaustive list.
FYN spoke with Helena Grossmann of High Country Artisans, Inc. who said it was estimated that over 10,000 people came through the gates at Meeks Park on Saturday and Sunday. She also said that all the money raised at the Festival, mainly from vendors, goes to Union County Schools to help with the cost of art supplies for the students.
Meeks Park traffic control was provided by the Union County Fire Department and highway traffic control was provided by the Union County Road Department. Shuttle service was provided by First Methodist Church of Blairsville. And, of course, the Meeks Park staff did a great job of keeping the Festival clean and running smoothly.
The Butternut Creek Festival will be held on July 21 & 22 next year (2018), so mark your calendars now.
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