Preparations are complete for The West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair, which will be held next weekend.
“We are hoping for an annual event that will drive people to West Jefferson,” Keith Woodie, owner of Antiques on Main and festival organizer said. “That is our main focus.”
Woodie said he wants to see the Antiques Fair become a permanent fixture in West Jefferson, so it will draw more tourism money to the area.
“Our agenda is to develop things that will generate business for us,” he said.
Last year’s festival was successful for the town, bringing people from throughout the area to Ashe County for the festivities.
“Last year we filled all of the restaurants,” Woodie said. “All of the businesses were well covered.”
The antiques fair will be held Sept. 27-28 on Jefferson Ave., as well as East First Street and Third Ave downtown.
There was a lot of work choosing the location for the festival to happen. Organization for the festival started in January, as the committee worked with town commissioners to approve the festival’s location.
“Hopefully this location will work well,” Woodie said.
Over 50 vendors from the High Country will be at the festival selling their antiques and collectables. Ashe Historic Society, Ashe County Cheese and the Dr. Pepper bottling plant are among those who will have booths.
This year’s event is sponsored by the West Jefferson Business Association and Antiques on Main.
There will also be musical entertainment at the festival. “The Johnny Cash Experience” will offer a tribute to the “Man In Black” and nationally-known local group “The King Bees” will perform.
Woodie said the planners are excited about this year’s entertainment.
“There was a lot of work choosing a perfect act for this type of event,” he said. “We wanted something that was different, beyond bluegrass or Elvis.”
On Friday, Sept. 27 the festival will run from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 28 it will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.
Woodie said vendors can submit applications through Sept. 10.
For more information on the Antiques Fair, contact Woodie at (336) 846-1231.