WESTON — Art lovers and history buffs from throughout West Virginia and surrounding states descended on Lewis County Saturday for the Jackson’s Mill Jubilee near Weston and the Jane Lew Firemen’s Arts and Crafts Festival.
Several festival-goers at the arts and crafts event said it was the perfect place to buy a gift.
Kalee Pritt of Inwood picked up a present for her mother, a handmade Halloween ornament.
“You can’t find what you find here at a mall,” she said. “Everything just has more heart.”
Others were admiring the old-fashioned items.
“I just like the primitive crafts,” said Becky Conrad of Somerset, Ohio. “It brings back memories.”
Jane Lew volunteer firefighters were collecting donations at the festival, including Edsel Smith.
“Every little bit helps,” he said.
Artisans had the chance to appreciate the work of others.
“You can’t beat the quality of crafters here,” said Bobbie Nestor, who sold jewelry at the festival. “Before everyone sets up, I go out and get some Christmas shopping done.”
Artisans also said the event gives them a chance to see customers’ response to their crafts.
Nestor called it “an adrenaline rush.”
“It’s a confidence booster,” she said. “You put your heart and soul into crafting.”
Jillian Wroten and Kelita Deems of Juxtapose Boutique, said it was only their second festival.
“We love it,” Deems said.
“We’ve been so wonderfully surprised by the reaction,” Wroten said.
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