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King's Mountain Art Fair this weekend

Popular outdoor event benefits volunteer fire brigade, community school

The beauty of nature and local art will come together once again at the King's Mountain Art Fair, an event held in a redwood grotto off Skyline Boulevard every Labor Day Weekend since 1963.

The fair, which will run Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is the primary fundraising event for the community's Volunteer Fire Brigade. Proceeds also benefit the King's Mountain Elementary School, a three-room, K-5 school with around 60 students.

Each fair day begins with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m., served by an all-volunteer staff of firefighters, community members, and schoolchildren.

Fairgoers can then browse the creations of over 135 artists, from painters and jewelry-makers to musicians, metal workers, and clock-makers. All artists are chosen by jury, except for a "Mountain Artists" section featuring artists and craftspeople from the King's Mountain community.

The fair is also famous for "Grandma Jenny's Famous Giant Cookies," baked by families from the elementary school and sold at a cart near the entrance for $5.

For kids, the "Kidde Hollow" area at the base of the fair features face-painting, craft-making, and a beanbag toss.

To reach the fair, visitors can park along Skyline Boulevard, then take a free trolley that runs one mile to the north and the south. Alternatively, they can take a short hike through one of many tree-lined trails leading to the fairground.

Parking and admission to the fair are free. Pets are not allowed.

For disabled visitors, the fair's website notes that "most of the grounds are on ... uneven, sawdust-covered, hilly terrain," though approximately one-third of the fair area is paved.

For more information, visit kingsmountainartfair.org or call (650) 851-2710.

—By Matthew Vollrath

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