Arts and craft festival draws a crowd to downtown Wilmore
Published 10:00 am Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Crispy leaves crinkled under visitors’ feet on their way to Wilmore’s Main Street for the 24th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival last Saturday.
According to attendees and vendors alike, the festival was a success as the streets were lined with dozens of vendors, and festivalgoers filled the space between the vendors to the brim, much like a heavily populated metropolitan area.
Sally Satterwhite said it’s always this busy.
Satterwhite is a Jessamine County artist. She had her booth at the festival filled with paintings of flowers, pumpkins, and more. She’s been painting for about five or six years; this was her third year at the festival. She said out of all the festivals, this is the best one she sells at.
“(This festival) has the most traffic, it’s the most well-organized, and I make the most money here. This is a great festival, it is. And we’re fortunate that the weather held out. We were really worried about rain and wind,” Satterwhite said.
Vendors sold baby clothes, jewelry, honey, jams, art, fiber goods and more.
One of the fiber goods vendors has been honing her craft for about 40 years.
Mary Barlow does three shows a year selling her wares, and this festival is her last one for the year.
When she began working at Shaker Village, Barlow started weaving baskets, blankets, and other fiber goods. She worked at the village for 20 years and has found a new historic home.
“Now I’m at Fort Harrod. I’ve been there now for about 20 years,” Barlow said, standing behind a rack of her rugs adjacent to her hanging onion baskets.
Barlow has been selling at the Wilmore festival for years and