The King of Fairs

August 24, 2012

It’s nearly time again for the annual King’s Mountain Art Fair, held Labor Day weekend in Woodside! And we’ve got all the details for you here!

As you may know, the fabulously free Fair is a volunteer-run fundraiser for the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Kings Mountain Elementary School, and other cow-munity events and organizations. The fair is nestled in the majestic redwood forest at the King’s Mountain Fire Station along Skyline in Woodside. It’s ranked as a “Top Five” art fair in California, and the San Jose Mercury says, “Of all the arts festivals in the Bay Area each year, the Kings Mountain Art Fair may have the most charm.”

The popular Fair has been in existence for almost 50 years, and chooses its artists by jury – so you know the quality is high. Arts and crafts featured at the Fair include paintings, sculptures, jewelry – and even furniture and toys! The booths are arranged around the firehouse and out into the beautiful forest surrounding the site.

To take a peek at some of the artists exhibiting at the Fair this year, please see this gallery.

You can spend the whole day at the Fair, which will certainly leave you hungry. Luckily, the Kings Mountain Fair has got you covered – the onsite Grill 56 cooks breakfast and lunch served by volunteers including volunteer fire rescue workers! Here’s the menu. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Cookie Booth claims to have the “world’s largest cookies” and all proceeds benefit the Kings Mountain Elementary School.

Speaking of kids, it’s often difficult to truly appreciate art with your children attached to your ankle, purse, or belt! Luckily, the Fair has a solution: Kiddie Hollow, a space just for kids to make art projects at booths supervised by students from the Choral Group of Notre Dame High School. Parents have their own space – the Parent’s Retreat – overlooking the area.

Proving it has stayed with the times, there’s lot of ways to get to the Kings Mountain Fair. You can certainly drive to the event, but you can also hike, bike, and even ride your horse to the Fair! Full details on how to get to the Fair (and to check out their activities on Facebook and Twitter) are here.

Many of us are curious about volunteer fire fighting. This brigade responds to over 150 calls a year and helps keep our cow-munity safe! Good thing the fire fighters have a booth right at the Fair, where you can learn all about the history of the brigade and even find out what it takes to join these brave men and women.

We can’t think of a better way to spend Labor Day Weekend – so we’ll be seeing you at the Fair!

If you go:

The Fair runs from Saturday, September 1st through Monday, September 3rd. 10 am – 5 pm daily. Admission and parking are free.

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