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Arts fair returns to Woodside for Labor Day weekend

by Dave Boyce

If you're in the mood for perusing fine art and maybe buying a piece or two, you're in luck.

The 55th annual Kings Mountain Art Fair — a three-day celebration of fine arts and crafts in the dappled shade of a redwood forest — is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1, 2 and 3, at the Kings Mountain Fire Station and Community Center at 13889 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside. Admission is free; the food and art are not.

The fair includes the works of more than 135 juried artists from around the West. The artwork includes ceramics, clothing, glass, jewelry, leather, paintings, photography, sculpture, and textiles and fibers, according to the fair's website. Local artists are represented in the Mountain Artists section of the fair.

Go to kingsmountainartfair.org and click on the Artists link to get an idea of what to expect.

Breakfast is available as early as 8 a.m. and the menu includes eggs, sausage and pancakes. For lunch, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the menu includes burgers, corn on the cob, chili and nachos. "Our volunteers at the cook shack seek out the highest quality ingredients every year, like 100 (percent) natural beef," the website says.

Proceeds from the fair benefit Kings Mountain Elementary School — a three-room school that serves kindergarten through fifth grade — and the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade. Kings Mountain firefighters face the same training and certification requirements as professionals and typically respond to more than 300 emergencies a year, the website says.

Fair organizers say they are working toward a "zero-waste" footprint. After the 2017 fair, they say they composted 37 percent of the trash and recycled 45 percent, leaving 18 percent for the landfill.

The fair location is not served by public transportation, but shuttles serve two parking spots along Skyline Boulevard if driving from the south: at the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve parking area about a mile south of the fair, and at the intersection of Kings Mountain Road and Skyline. If driving in from the north, parking will be available at the intersection of Ware Road and Skyline.

Out of concern for the safety of attendees, aside from service dogs, pets are not allowed at the fair.

As for music, the site lacks a venue for an audience, and wandering musicians have resulted in congestion, the website says. Fair officials invite the public to "enjoy the sounds of the forest."

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