The work of the State Fair’s village people on display in the Raleigh Convention Center

Village of Yesteryear crafters, who showcase their work and time-honored heritage crafting skills during the annual State Fair, will have work on display for a year in the Raleigh Convention Center.  On Monday, a number of crafters were moving in pieces of artwork and crafts for the kiosk window displays on the 300 Level of the convention center on both the Lenoir Street and Cabarrus Street sides.

The work of crafters from the Village of Yesteryear is on display at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The 10-foot-long kiosks are part of the outside walls of meeting rooms, and the exhibits can be seen from outside and inside the rooms.  Wood carvings, handmade guns, tin lanterns, carved wooden bowls, gourd crafts, woven chair pads, corn shuck dolls, pottery, a handmade tile birdhouse, carved pipes, musical instruments and more will fill up the display cases.

“This is an incredible opportunity to have our work on display in the Convention Center, because it draws over 100,000 visitors annually to Raleigh,” said Pam Earp, who is superintendent of the Village of Yesteryear. “The mission of the Village is to keep these heritage crafts alive and to help educate people on the way things were made in the past. We hope visitors will enjoy the talents of some of our state’s finest crafters and will want to learn more about these heritage crafts.”

About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 241 days during the past 23 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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