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Annual Festival of the Mountain Masters begins Friday

The 35th annual Festival of the Mountain Masters will return to the Village Center Mall on Nov. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This handcrafted, homemade and home-baked festival is truly an authentic Appalachian experience in the mountains of Harlan County. The festival also serves as an unofficial homecoming as friends and family visiting for Thanksgiving take advantage of the opportunity to reconnect.

If you are looking for that unique, one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones, look no further than the Festival of the Mountain Masters. Offerings will include handmade jewelry, dolls, toys, metal decor, wood crafts, soaps, hand printed T-shirts, brooms, bowls, decor, fishing bait and much more.

This year’s festival features children’s activities like train rides, indoor archery and face painting. Sneak some educational experiences into their break from school by taking time to learn from festival demonstrators.

The festival music lineup includes local and regional musicians and dancers. Two full days of exceptional music will culminate in the headlining performance by The Local Honeys. From traditional Christmas carols to bluegrass to rock bands and folk duos, the Festival of the Mountain Masters has something for everyone. As always, all performances are free to the public.

The complete lineup include: Friday — 11 a.m., classic Christmas music; noon, PJ Helton; 1 p.m., Studio 606; 2 p.m., Breonna Rhymer; 3 p.m.. Phoebe White; 4 p.m. Laci Deaton; 5 p.m., The Tripps. Saturday — 11 a.m., Brooklyn Collins; noon, Music Matters Choir; 1 p.m., Rosspoint Little Dancers; 2 p.m., Sunrise Ridge; 3 p.m., Lawana Blevins; 4 p.m., Shyla Blevins; 5 p.m., The Local Honeys.

The annual photography contest has also been announced. Photos may be viewed in the old Radio Shack location in the Village Center Mall during the festival. Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Judging will be done on Friday evening after submissions close. The show will be closed to the public during judging. For complete details on entering the contest, you may contact the Harlan Center at 573-4156.

For more information, contact the Festival of the Mountain Masters on Facebook or call at 606-573-4495.