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Annual Mound Festival kicks off on Saturday in South Charleston

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
The 39th annual Mound Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 9, “Around the Mound” in South Charleston. Courtesy photo

Come rain or come shine, shoppers looking for unique gift items will find them at the 39th annual Mound Festival in South Charleston.

The Mound Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 9, “Around the Mound” at D Street and Seventh Avenue. In the arts and crafts line, there will be something for everyone, said Margie Spence, co-chairwoman of the South Charleston Commission for Visual Arts, which is co-sponsoring the event with the South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In keeping with the City of South Charleston’s 100th anniversary celebration this year, the Mound Festival is adding a number of celebratory events along with the arts and crafts. The arts and crafts vendors will be set up on one side of the Mound, while 100th anniversary events will occur on the east and north side of the Mound.

There will be a birthday cake and a Jupiter Jump for children.

“There will also be free cotton candy and Sno-Cones,” Spence said. “Also, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department will be there to fingerprint children.”

Spence said that “hopefully,” representatives of the South Charleston Public Library will there selling some of library’s older books.

“Hopefully, we can get them again this year,” she said.

There will also be entertainment.. At 10 a.m., gospel singer Jim Edens will perform. At noon, the River City Youth Ballet will perform.

“At 2 p.m., the Juvenile Diabetes Association will have a Kiss A Pig” event, Spence said.

Rounding out the entertainment at 3 p.m. will be the Dancer’s Choice square dancing group.

“They’re really good,” she said.

Spence said vendor spaces are still available for the Mound Festival. Single spaces, which are 14-feet-by-14-feet, are $75 each. Electricity is available upon request.

“That gives them plenty of room.”

Spence said the Commission for Visual Arts, a co-sponsor of the Mound Festival, was established in the early 1970s to help the city with beautification efforts.

“It was a group of volunteers who wanted to help the city beautify a little bit. In the beginning, they would plant flowers and help with the city’s beautification.”

The Mound Festival grew out of the commission’s need to raise money for beautification projects in South Charleston.

“They got permission from the city to use the Mound, and it started just like that — and it built and built,” Spence said. “Now, we’re in our 39th year, and it’s still a successful show.”

Spence described the Mound Festival as an “upscale” arts and crafts show that feature “homemade or handmade” items only. It’s an excellent venue for holiday shopping.

“We have some pretty neat crafters that come to this show year after year. We even have people from Tamarack who enter our show.”

Visitors to the festival can expect to find such items as wooden furniture, candles, lawn decorations, photography, seasonal items, handmade soaps, jewelry, quilts, pottery, primitives and decorative wreaths, to name just a few.

Over the years, the Commission for Visual Arts has spearheaded many projects, including the art murals in town.

“We give back to the community,” Spence said.

For more information about the Mound Festival or to become a vendor at the festival, call the South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, 304-746-5552.


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