PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE
Many people from the community came out to share their common love for arts and crafts.
Many long time exhibitors were in attendance and there were some newcomers. Linda and Bob Parsons created Appalachians eco-prints.
"We actually imprint live leaves from our yard and from the forest to the 100 percent silk scarf. It imprints permanently through a steam process," said Parsons.
The couple has been married for 40 years and picked up this hobby together last Christmas.
"Everyone wanted to buy them for presents so we started making them. We’re retired and this is what we do to have fun and to make gifts for everybody. They’re real lightweight to mail," said Parsons.
Bob is a Parkersburg native but the couple traveled from Clarksburg and this was their first Harvest Moon Festival. Linda won best demonstration.
“Amazing, it’s just amazing because I'm typically not a craft person but this kind of stirred up some creative juices in me and I love it and that's amazing that they liked it so well that they honored with a certificate and an award," said Parsons.
Organizers say, the turnout was great and many exhibitors sold out before the end of the weekend.
The long running Harvest Moon Festival is returning to Parkersburg for its 57th year.
Vickie Marshall, the executive director of the Wood County Recreation Commission says that even in years with low attendance, they’ll see around 3,500 people show up.
The festival serves as a fundraiser for the Wood County Recreation Commission, but it also offers a chance to local artists and craftsmen to display and sell their works. Many will also demonstrate how their crafts are made.
“The demonstrations and whenever they talk to the craftsmen, they learn a lot. And you know, people don’t realize how much time and effort goes into making these products,” said Marshall.
Marie Weekley has been attending the festival for over fifty years. Weekley’s mother brought baskets and dried flowers to what she says was the second annual Harvest Moon Festival. Her family has their own booth called the “Gang’s All Here” booth. She said many of her family members come by their artistic ability naturally.
“My older sister paints, brother paints, my baby sister unfortunately can’t do a thing, so, and I do silks and silk wreathes and dried flowers. It’s a lot of work. A lot of work,” said Weekley.
The festival starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and costs $3 for general admission, $2 for seniors, and kids 10 and under get in free.