Blacksmith Festival in Spruce Pine April 29th



Spruce Pine Main Street will host the annual Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 10 am til 4 pm in downtown Spruce Pine. This year marks the 11 year anniversary of the event where thousands of visitors gather on the streets of Spruce Pine to celebrate the art of blacksmithing.
 
 Festival attendees will find a variety of smiths and tool vendors displaying and selling their work, with many booths featuring live demonstrations. The Hands on Tent, sponsored by Penland School of Crafts, allows people of all ages to try their hand at the art of blacksmithing with assistance from an experienced blacksmith.
 
This is a festival favorite for young and old alike! Other popular activities include the live demonstrations occuring throughout the day. The 3rd annual forging contest will be a ”Spoon” competition, where participants will be given a rod of iron, one hour and minimal tools to create their best spoon.  The winner will receive a beautiful bronze spoon created by Rachel Kedinger.  In addition, the Toe River Arts Council is offering a one of a kind artist exhibit for the month of April honoring the work of famous blacksmiths from the southeast and beyond.  This is free to the public throughout the month of April and will culminate with award winners and a reception held at TRAC on Friday night before the festival.
 
This years event features demonstrations from 2017 Master Blacksmith Lee Sauder,Seth Gould and April Franklin.  A Master Blacksmith Demonstration Workshop will be held on Friday, April 28th from 9:30-4pm (Advance reservations required, for details contact Stacey Lane at staceylane@penland.org) and a free lecture by Lee Sauder at the Penland Campus at 8pm on the day of the event.  Be sure to check out a special curated show held upstairs at TRAC that will feature work from hand selected artists by Lee.  The curated show will run from Thursday until Saturday.
 
 Admission to the festival is free to the public and held rain or shine. If you would like to volunteer for this year’s event or need additional information, please contact Staceylane@penland.org or spms@downtownsprucepine.com at 828-765-3008.

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