BARCO — The work of more than 80 crafters and artisans will be on display at this weekend’s Currituck Arts & Crafts Festival at Currituck County High School.
Sponsored by the Coinjock Ruritan Club since 2009, the annual two-day festival features gifts, collector items and keepsakes and draws vendors from both North Carolina and Virginia, according to club spokeswoman Rhonda Morris.
“We have a lot of talented people here at this festival,” she said. “Some are returning from the festival we had the previous year and some are new vendors.”
Items for sale will include gluten-free foods, canned goods, baked goods, homemade candies, handmade baskets, Christmas ornaments, soaps, oils and more, Morris said. At least 75 percent of the items are handmade, she said.
Festival-goers will also be able to buy food on site because the Currituck Ruritans will be selling food, Morris said.
Hours for the festival are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The two-day event is one of the club’s two major fundraisers each year. The other is the Currituck Wildlife Festival. This year’s wildlife festival had to be canceled, however, because it was scheduled for around the same time Hurricane Dorian pummeled the region in September.
That’s why the 28 members of the Coinjock Ruritan Club are hoping this weekend’s Arts & Crafts Festival is successful. The money it raises helps the club award scholarships to high school students, dictionaries to Currituck third-graders and backpacks to area school kids. Morris said the club gave away $9,000 in scholarships last year.
The entry fee to this weekend’s festival is $3 for adults. Emergency responders with proper identification and kids 12 and younger accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free.