Local and visiting artists peddled handiwork from their appointed booths while admirers and potential customers strolled through the park. The event continues today from noon to 5 p.m.
“It’s nice to see something that’s actually done by the person who is sitting there, instead of something that comes from China,” said Barry Bryant, a festival judge.
Out of 1,000 applications, 115 booths were approved to exhibit their creations. Applications were reviewed by the Cave Spring Historical Society, which sponsors the event.
Folk art, metalwork, musical instruments and painted glass were on display at the festival, as well as hand-crafted novelty items and toys.
Jeff Orebaugh, an artist and Cave Spring resident, showcased his metal sculptures under the shade of his tent.
Orebaugh’s art is sculpted from recycled metals, including aluminum, chain-link fences and nails.
“It started as a joke, telling my wife I was going to clean my shop up and make something out of the scrap metal I had,” Orebaugh said.
Visitors who grew tired of browsing craftwork sought one of the festival’s nine food vendors selling homemade ice cream, restaurant barbecue and funnel cakes.
Hungry festival-goers gathered at picnic tables under banquet tents to enjoy their snacks communally.
“Our main goal for this fest has always been to have a community, cultural experience,” said festival helper Marsha Bryant.
If you go
Cave Spring Arts Festival
When: Today from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Rolater Park, Cave Spring