The family-friendly festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at the park where visitors will enjoy a wide variety of handmade arts and crafts by more than 120 artists from around the region.
There will be artisans demonstrating their craft including handspun yarn by Kim Depp, pottery by John Johnston and prayer beads by Kristen Vincent.
As always, there will be a variety of musicians taking the stage this year with some returning favorites, as well as some new and interesting additions. From acoustic to rock & roll, visitors will be entertainment by local and area musicians including Jennifer Daniels, The Van Lears and Thunderbolt Patterson.
If arts and crafts bring visitors to Chiaha, then the food certainly keeps them at the park. The festival offers some of the best food in the area, with much of the food being prepared by local cooks who have been turning out food at Chiaha for years. Some fan-favorites include Kettle Korn, Embree’s lace cakes, Rome Braves Philly cheese steak sandwiches and Martha Jane’s fudge. As is traditional, free hot cider will be available from the Chiaha cider pot.
Area residents are encouraged to bring the family and experience the children’s activities in the Creat-a-ha tent. Sand art, fish prints, and painted pumpkins are just a few of the projects that kids can look forward to. Student artists from local schools will have their work on display in the student art tent.
For health and safety reasons, no pets will be allowed at the festival this year, so be sure to leave the pooches at home where they are comfortable and safe.
Visit www.chiaha.org for more information including a complete list of artists, food vendors and kid’s activities, as well as a full schedule of entertainment throughout the weekend.
The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and senior adults and $1 for children under 12 years old.