Flaming Foliage Festival held
Crowds celebrated the arrival of fall and got a head start on holiday shopping this weekend at the 46th annual Flaming Foliage Festival, held at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds in Forksville.
The festival, sponsored by Craftsmen of the Endless Mountains, concludes the organization's craft show season each year. The organization, made up of artisans in a seven-county span, also holds three craft shows each year in Dushore.
The show gives member artisans the opportunity to showcase their crafts, particularly fall- and holiday-related items, as the holiday shopping season grows nearer.
Offerings at the well-attended two-day fair included pumpkins, fall produce, seasonal crafts, doll clothes and food items.
One artisan, Pat Arcaro of Ema's Impressions in Lopez, displayed her paintings at the festival.
Arcaro always had an interest in art, but she began to pursue painting about ten years ago, she said. Since then, she's created a variety of oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, several of which have won awards at the Sullivan County Fair.
Arcaro also sells hand-painted note cards and greeting cards, keychains, bookmarks and other small items.
Small paintings of irises and other flowers, about the size of a wallet-size photo, are surprisingly popular sellers, Arcaro said. "They fit anywhere," she said. "They really pop."
The festival also featured pumpkin painting, wagon rides, musical entertainment and a lapidary demonstration. The Sullivan County 4-H Club also held a fundraising book sale.
Next weekend, the fairgrounds will play home to another celebration of autumn. The Sullivan County Fall Festival, featuring the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chainsaw Carving Competition, will take place Oct. 12 and 13.
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