Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day weekend fun - Kings Mountain Art Fair, August 31, September 1st and 2nd, 2013

Art among the Kings Mountain redwood trees
San Jose Mercury News/Aaron Kinney, 8/28/13.  "Kings Mountain Art Fair -- old-fashioned, fun and bigger than ever-- turns 50."

".... From those humble beginnings, the event has grown to become one of California's pre-eminent art fairs and the cultural axis of Kings Mountain, a sprinkling of homes atop a redwood-bristled ridge dividing bayside San Mateo County and the rural coast. The gala pays for vital public services, subsidizing the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and supplementing the budget of the local elementary school, and fosters bonds of friendship among the villagers.

The fair moved in 1965 to a redwood grove off Skyline Boulevard donated by the wealthy Phleger family, according to Woodruff. Volunteers worked every weekend for several years to erect the rustic, mansard-roofed building that now serves as both the fire brigade's headquarters and a community center.  These days the fair, which drew about 9,000 visitors last year, pays for more than 95 percent of the brigade's roughly $50,000 annual budget. It is critical for secluded Kings Mountain to have its own fire department, residents say. In the event of a major fire, they won't have to wait for help to arrive from 2,000 feet below."   Read article.

Reference -  Kings Mountain Art Fair.  50th-anniversary.  Dates:  Saturday, August 31; Sunday, September 1; and Monday, September 2.  Fair booths open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; breakfast served from 8:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m.daily.  

Kings Mountain Art Fair Location:  Kings Mountain Community Center and Firehouse, 13889 Skyline Blvd.  Parking: Along Skyline Boulevard. Free shuttles run 1 mile in either direction of the fairgrounds.  Admission: Free.

Note:  photograph from past Coast Views Magazine.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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