BIG STONE GAP — Mountain Empire Community College’s Home Crafts Days turned 50 Saturday as it made a live comeback after 2020’s pandemic left it a virtual event.

What started as chilly drizzle and cloudy skies turned into sunshine and a warm fall afternoon across rows of tents housing crafts and musical performances for the first day of the event. Attendees could watch blacksmithing, soapmaking, textiles, pottery, wood carving and even the preparation of a good old 1740s-style steak dinner.

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For more information on the event, visit the Home Craft Days website at