About the Fair

Started in 1963, the Kings Mountain Art Fair is an annual event, held every Labor Day weekend. The Art Fair benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Kings Mountain Elementary School and other community activities and is staffed completely by volunteers from the local community.

Known for its stunning location among the redwoods and for its unique and varied artists (selected by jury), the Kings Mountain Art Fair celebrates over 50 years of art and ambiance. Come visit!

Fair admission and parking are free.

Food & Beverage

Cookie Booth
Come hang out in a gorgeous redwood forest and enjoy great food and fresh air – all meals enthusiastically prepared and served by our all-volunteer staff that includes members of our volunteer fire rescue team.

Breakfast is available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Cookshack. Enjoy eggs, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk, and Peet's coffee under the redwood canopy.

Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cookshack. Tasty hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pulled pork, turkey sandwiches, house-made cole slaw and chili, corn-on-the-cob, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, nachos and more are served.

A variety of drinks, including juices, iced teas, sodas, milk, water, beers and wines, can be purchased from the Cookshack and the Upper and Lower Beverage Booths.

Preview our tasty menu. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, we have included information to help guide your choices.

Don’t miss the world’s largest cookies – peanut butter, toffee, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin – at the Cookie Booth just around the corner from the Cookshack. All proceeds from cookie sales benefit the Kings Mountain Elementary School.

Please see Friends of the Fair for our thanks to the generous donors who help support the Fair refreshments.

Kiddie Hollow

Spin Art
Kids have their own dedicated space at the Art Fair: Kiddie Hollow, located down the hill from the Cookie Booth. For a nominal fee to cover the costs of supplies ($4 for 12 tickets, $7 for 26), children of all ages can make their own art at the supervised booths, including spin, string, straw, and glitter art, among other activities. There is also a Parent's Retreat overlooking Kiddie Hollow where adults can relax while the children play. Kiddie Hollow is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet the Firefighters

Fire Brigade Booth
To learn about the adventures of a volunteer firefighter, the history of the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade or get a free blood pressure check, be sure to visit the Firefighters' booth (next to the Upper Beverage Booth).

You may also pick up free fire protection-related items, including a Smokey the Bear coloring book for the kids. Our trained, friendly volunteer firefighters are prepared to administer First Aid.

Friends of the Fair

The Kings Mountain Art Fair and Community would like to express their appreciation to the following:

The 300-400 volunteers (local and “local at heart”) whose efforts make this Fair possible. We could not do this Fair without you.

Those donors who have freely given their services and products:

AirTight Internet Services, web site hosting
Devil's Canyon Brewing, beer and root beer
Logan Rockmore, web site design
Wedemeyer Bakery, baking facilities, supplies and staff

And finally, those whose generous business terms have also contributed to our success:

BiRite Food Service, ice cream carts
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine, wine
Olive Grove Consulting, non-profit leadership consulting

Zero Waste

The Kings Mountain Art Fair has worked to reduce its environmental impact and has recently taken it to a new level by focusing on a goal of "Zero Waste," sending as little refuse to a landfill as possible. Each year has seen an increasing reduction in waste sent to the landfill.

Zero Waste is a fair-wide effort. All food sold at the fair is served in compostable or recyclable products and the map to the Fair is printed on recycled paper. All fair volunteers are encouraged to work towards the goal. Zero Waste volunteers help fairgoers divert most of their refuse to composting or recycling bins.

Our Operations and Our Board

The Kings Mountain Art Fair is run and staffed entirely by volunteers, most of whom are local. Past residents, friends, and enthusiastic supporters also volunteer. Several chairmen are dedicated to managing specific operations within the Fair. We are fortunate to have over 400 volunteers each year.

The 2018 Board of Directors is:
Marty Phelps, President
Chris Reynolds
Sheena Mawson
Katrin Gosling
Shannon Kromat
Dawn Neisser
Bev Abbott - Executive Director

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