Wild Wind Festival To Celebrate 35th Anniversary

PITTSFIELD, Pa. – Follow the crowd to the Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival to help celebrate the show’s 35th anniversary and share the excitement of this milestone.

Individuals from the area and beyond have supported this endeavor for many years and it is a reason to celebrate not only the longevity of the festival but to thank the steadfastness of festival goers who have made it a delight for the organizers to provide them with the event.

This year’s show will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Pittsfield, Pa., another source of pride for the area. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

As evidenced by the obvious popularity of folk art and craft shows, handmade things will feed your soul because everything has a story of the maker and then the story of the person who receives the work. This market place is not a deadening box-store environment, but rather a cultural exchange. Arts and crafts seem to bring people an enriching shopping experience that offers unique and fresh designs made by independent artisans.

The festival’s “guest artist” this year will be familiar to those who lined up to buy her children’s books. Jeri Landers, a self-taught artist, has been utilizing the craft of scherenschnitte, otherwise known as scissor cutting, for over 25 years as the basis for her artwork.

As a lover of history, animals and nature, she merges these elements in her work and believes the cutting offers a significant depth to a piece of art when combined with water colors. Landers is an award-winning author/illustrator of three children’s books. Her third book, “Mamsey Bear and Mopkin,” will now be available at the show. Inspiration for her talent surrounds her on a historic Tennessee farm, where multiple gardens and animals dwell in perfect harmony. Check her website: www.hopalonggreetings.com.

Add 140 more artisans to the mix, along with live musical entertainment, Dan Hunt and the Turnstiles of Cincinnati on Saturday and Sue Tillotson and the Bonie Loch Fiddlers of Jamestown on Sunday. There will be a large selection of foods, demonstrations, animal zoo and pony rides, birds of prey exhibit and lectures, and a scarecrow contest, which is open to public participation.

The entrants will line the walkway, and cash prizes will be awarded to those that the judges determine to be the winners. First place is $240, second place is $100 and third place is $50. Contact Liz Allen at 814-688-6909 for contest information no later than Aug. 30.

America’s Best Frisbee Dogs features between eight and 10 rescued dogs that will perform feats of agility and intelligence. Their star performer is “Jumpin’ Jack.” He has been featured on the National Geographic Channel series, “Dogs With Jobs.” They will perform Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. and on Sunday if it rains on Saturday.

The festival will be held rain or shine. As an added bonus, if you attend on Saturday, you may return on Sunday free of charge.

For further information, visit wildwindfestival.com, email wildwindcraftshow@yahoo.com or call 814-688-6909 or 814-688-1516.