The Salt Folk Arts & Crafts Festival brings artists and creative talents to Cambridge City Park. Enjoy all-day entertainment and dining while enjoying the festivities August 12-14. Admission is free.
The opening ceremony will be held at noon on Friday at the Gateway Entrance on Edgeworth Avenue, with music by the Caldwell High School Marching Band. A welcome is given by local officials before the ribbon cutting.
Stop by and see the creative work of many artists from all over the country. A wide range of works will be on display, from paintings and jewelry to wood carvings and glass. Find old favorites like Michael Warren creating designs with a chainsaw, or visit Gene and Maggie Jorgensen for jewelry. Don’t forget to check out the Student Art Exhibit, which features over 250 pieces of his work donated by local students.
Visitors will have the chance to vote for the works they find most compelling at the People’s Choice Tent. As an artist who wants to know whether his work will be enjoyed by many people, this is a special award.
Several popular groups are returning, including The Loves Gospel Quartet, Cambridge City Band, CHS Alumni Jazz Band, John Glenn String Sounds, Northwest Territory and Festival Chorus. This year, kids will be gifted with “Fantastic Fairy Tales” by his Madcap Puppets of Cincinnati. Kids will also enjoy Melody Stall’s energetic storytelling.
A special feature this year is a free workshop with the Kevin Prater Bluegrass Band. The band will play at the Performing Arts Tent at 11am and noon, and at 1:30pm they will hold workshops in the park with a variety of instruments including mandolins, banjos, fiddles, guitars, basses and even vocals. Bring your instrument to get a free pointer and attend a mini-concert after the workshop.
The festival showcases food from Ohio. Enjoy Candy’s Gourmet Fudge, Jose Madrid Salsa, Misty Mountain Estate, Three Blooms Flower Farm and Crackpot Coffee. Copley Bee Co, a family of beekeepers, returns to the festival with honey in various forms. Golden Boy Biscuit lets you take home homemade dog biscuits and dog toys for your best friend.
Local artists showcase their talents while you watch. Watch clay pots being made, watch blacksmiths at work above the fireplace, make a quilter and learn about local history. Chuck and Shana Fair continue to make headlines by sharing how they create and decorate clay pottery. A special attraction this year is Eli Wilson demonstrating his blacksmithing skills outside the tent above the fireplace. Take a step back in time by watching these artists.
Another new feature is Plain City chalk artist Hilary Flambes. She enjoys painting large-scale chalk murals for the festival and plans to paint sidewalks during the festival. will be