The Mountaineer Week Craft Fair and Quilt Show weekend will capture Appalachian heritage for thousands of visitors, as it opens Mountaineer Week at West Virginia University on Friday (Oct. 28).

Taking place in the Mountainlair weekend (Oct. 28-30), the craft fair and quilt show are the centerpieces of the festival. The craft fair will feature 65 crafters displaying Appalachian handcrafted items. Crafters come from all areas of West Virginia and surrounding states to sell items representing West Virginia’s history, heritage and Appalachian culture.

The craft fair and quilt show will take place in the second floor of the Mountainlair. Exhibits are open Friday (Oct. 28) from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 29) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday (Oct. 30) from noon to 5 p.m.

A special exhibit featured throughout the weekend is the “Clothing of the Civil War” display presented by Katie Welch. Welch designs Civil War-era garments, and those will be on display in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The Country Roads Quilt Guild will host the quilt show and supply all quilts on display in the Mountaineer Room of the Mountainlair. Visitors can purchase a chance to win a one-of-a-kind quilt as well as vote for viewer’s choice quilts in various categories.

Members of the Country Roads Quilt Guild will also provide quilting demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Mountaineer Week is an annual celebration of West Virginia’s rich Appalachian heritage and traditions. The activities serve to remind and educate WVU students about the culture that has made West Virginia what it is today. This fall, the festival commemorates its 64th year. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Mountaineer Week website at http://mountaineerweek.wvu.edu/events.

Mountaineer Week is a great time to remember days gone by. Share with us your own WVU memories through the University’s Heritage Project. Do you have a special recollection from Mountaineer Week? Tell us at http://heritageproject.wvu.edu/share_a_message.

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cm/10/18/11

CONTACT: Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week Advisor
304-293-2702, Sonja.Wilson@mail.wvu.edu

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