This annual 3-day event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend. It is presented by Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach. Funds raised by the event help support the Outreach's mission to feed and assist the needy throughout the Hickory Nut Gorge area. More than 80 artists & crafters exhibit and sell their hand-made Appalachian art and crafts at this event. This festival is held in the picturesque mountain-lake resort backdrop of Lake Lure ... across from the Town beach. Great foods, snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverages are offered for sale by vendors in the Food Court and visitors can enjoy "eating out" in the creek-side picnic area adjacent to the Food Court. Free entertainment is also provided by talented musicians, singers & dance groups. Children can enjoy fun activities in the Kids Zone.