37th Annual Mountain Masters Festival Concludes Successfully
WYMT Mountain News Weekend Edition newsletter at 6 p.m. Sunday
HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – The 37th Mountain Masters Festival wrapped up Saturday.
Event coordinator Jyssica Bennett called it a Harlan County tradition.
One that started with the family with her sister-in-law.
“Going out, shopping, being with family and friends,” Bennett said. “It’s just to hang out and spend the day and do some local shopping.”
Some of the participating vendors were from Pine Mountain Settlement School.
Executive Director Preston Jones said his organization was grateful for the opportunity provided by the festival.
“Helping them access the market and create sustainable incomes for them and their families,” he said. “It’s really meaningful and very important work, especially these days.”
Bennett said they saw great turnout, with more than 50 vendors participating.
“I am very, very happy. We haven’t had much time to prepare for this year’s,” she said. “Next year we will start in July, but if you look around you we have a very good turnout.
Jones called the festival a gathering of talented artisans.
He adds that each unique stall selling items was filled with history.
“These people are amazing, the skills and the craft they’ve developed and passed down from generation to generation,” Jones said. “It’s important to support this and make sure it continues.”
Bennett said they are already planning next year’s festival.
She adds that they hope to find other ways to make it better for those involved.
“Talk to people earlier, reach out. Maybe go to other festivals and get information from people here who will come and settle,” Bennett said. “Try to start planning much earlier.”
Bennett said she wanted to thank everyone who made the festival possible.
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