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Virginia Highlands Festival back for 63rd year

staff report • Jul 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM

The 63rd Virginia Highlands Festival, with the theme “Impressions of the Highlands,” opened on Saturday and will continue through Aug. 7 in historic downtown Abingdon, Va.

Robert Porterfield held the first festival in 1948 on the front porch of the Martha Washington Inn in conjunction with the founding of the famed Barter Theatre. His purpose was to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of this area. The festival, over the past 60 years, has grown into a regional festival representing all of Southwest Virginia. Now it not only preserves the arts, crafts and skills that developed in this region, but also imports talented artists and performers from all over the United States and the world.

The festival will feature the popular antiques market show and sale, an arts and crafts show, nature walks and tours, kitchen tours of various homes, writing workshops, living history events, music, performing arts and more.

More than 200 booths under two large tents will be a part of the Antiques Market Show and Sale at Virginia Highlands Community College. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. No pets, except service animals, are allowed. Admission is $4, Monday through Thursday; $5, Friday through Sunday, or $12 for a season pass.

The 45,000-square-foot market will feature fine formal and country furniture, top-end collectibles, folk art, jewelry, accessories, books, porcelain, sterling silver, quilts, clothing, paintings, rugs and more.

Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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