Festival of the Mountain Masters

In Harlan, this coming weekend, November 28-29, the Festival of the Mountain Masters will be at the Village Center Mall.

This is the 30th anniversary of the festival and for the first time in joint sponsorship is the Harlan Tourism and the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce.

These following artists and dances will be featured-  Deric Jeffers, Jessica Bush, Good Ground and the Harlan County Dance Extreme.

There is over 50 venders and 12 demonstrators from  jewelry, candles, wooden crafts and toys to broom-making, soap-making, knitting and baskets.

Some information about some of the artists in the festival.

One of the musical highlights will include a performance by Jeffers, who just celebrated his 18th birthday. Last March, Jeffers competed in the North American Country Music Association International in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and came away as the Horizon 2014 Male Entertainer of the Year and the Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year.

Jessica Bush, born and raised in the mountains of Harlan County, is a 19-year-old contemporary Christian artist with a “heart for God” according to her Facebook bio. Bush has been singing since the age of 4, when she first sang “Jesus Loves Me” at her church. She was a member of her high school choir, a member of the Kentucky All-State choir, and a member of her church praise team.

Good Ground is a gospel, country and bluegrass trio from Stinnett featuring three siblings, 19-year-old Brack and twins Sue Ellen and Adell Allen, both 11. They have performed for or at the HCTC Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Ensemble, the Kentucky Community & Technical College Horizons Awards, Congressman Hal Rogers Campaign Fundraiser Garden Party, the Kentucky Soar Summit; Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam Show (KET, CW) and the Our Mountains show (CW).

The list of artisans and booths includes: Greta Adkins, handmade sock monkey and miscellaneous crafts; Ola Bailey, scarves, ribbon holders and hair bows; Joey Beason, old Appalachian toys; Jeremy and Robin Blevins, candles, tarts and wood crafts; Beth Boggs, crochet hats and scarves; Cathy Boggs, afghans and miscellaneous crochet items; Phyllis Branham, candy and breads; Debbie Burgan, primitives; Donna Burke, walking sticks; Sarah Clark, wreaths, hair bows; Comp Care, miscellaneous Christmas crafts; Lisa Duggar-Mills, wreaths, candles, primitives; Sue Estep, primitives; Dana Fleming, balloon animals; Mary Lou Fletcher, tobacco stick crafts; Bobby Garrett, painted miscellaneous wood crafts; Grays Knob Church of God, kitchen angels, tree ornaments, miscellaneous crafts; Harlan County Honor Guard, information table, raffle;

Bob Howard, artist; Linda Howard, miscellaneous Christmas crafts; Norma Howard, acrylic paintings, wood burning; Eva Huff, crochet, knitting, sewing; Harlan County Humane Society; donation table; Darla Jackson, author; Roxanna Jackson, painted wood items; Jackson Pentecostal Church, cookbooks, CDs, shirts; KBA Hair Couture, hair pieces, phone cases; Brittany Kelly, jewelry, hair bows, tutus, miscellaneous painted items; Angela Long, handmade clay/wood ornaments; Valarie Long, silk screened shirts, art, miscellaneous crafts;

Jennifer and Jeanette McDaniels, Foxy Roxy Moonshine candy; Polly and Preston McLain, nail crosses, key chains, necklaces and 20/20 candles; James Miracle, dulcimers; Donna Morris, glass painted blocks, jewelry, bird houses; Arthur “Poss” Mosley, knives; Cindy Mott, candles, tarts, wood crafts; Amber North, glass jewelry; Lori Pace, hand-painted wood crafts;

Deborah Roark, jewelry, wreaths; Sue Rowlett, sewn stuffed animals and dolls; Bobby Roy, wooden pens; Wallace Shepherd, birdhouses, wind chimes; Linda Shope, primitive quilts; Debra Smith, wooden crafts and Christmas ornaments; Jackie Taylor, quilts; Jessica Thorpe, painted gourds, woven rugs and ornaments; Pete Vowell, author; Sarah Wilson, children’s clothing; Courtney Yount, pictures with Santa.

Demonstrators during the festival will be Francis Amily, cornshuck dolls; John Brock, woodturner; Mitchell Charles, pottery; Debra Cornett, lye soap; Fern Cornett, spinning, weaving and quilting; Larry Counts, brooms; Bruce Helton, flutes; Donald Honeycutt, scroll saw; Oaneatta Smith, wood carved flowers and paintings; Robert Smith, wood carving (chisel and mallet); Francis Whitaker, baskets; Stewart Whitaker, chair caning.

For additional information about the festival call Pennington or Ashley Bledsoe at 573-4156.

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