More  than  250  of  the  country's finest artists and craftsmen will bring their  original  designs and creations to the Roanoke Civic Center, October 14 - 16, for the 24th annual Craftsmen's Fall Classic.

There will be free admission and free parking to the nationally-award-winning event, with requests for visitors to bring non-perishable  food items to be distributed throughout the area by Feeding America  Southwest Virginia. In 2010, Fall Classic patrons contributed more than 25,000 pounds of food, plus cash donations, to benefit the food bank's member agencies as they helped the homeless and the hungry.

Throughout  the  weekend,  visitors  can  see contemporary and traditional, functional  and whimsical treatments of pottery, jewelry, glass, furniture, fine  art,  photography,  sculpture,  metalwork,  folk art, clothing, toys, musical instruments, wood, and much more, including specialty foods.   They will also have the unique opportunity to meet the artists and craftsmen and find out how and why they do what they do.  There will be handcrafted, one-of-a-kind  choices  for  every  style,  taste  and  budget,  for  gifts (including  those for the upcoming holidays), home accessories, collections and personal treasures.

The  Craftsmen's  Fall Classic, produced by Gilmore Shows, has consistently been  named  to  the "100 Best" Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows by the prestigious Sunshine Artist Magazine, which voted it #4 in Virginia and #17 in  the  nation  this year.  It has also been a "Top 20 Event" selection by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Hours  are  Friday, October 14, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 15, 10  a.m.  until  6  p.m.  and  Sunday, October 16, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Roanoke Civic Center is located at 710 Williamson Road.


Complete details on the Fall Classic, and all other Gilmore Shows, held annually throughout Virginia and the two Carolinas, are available at or by calling 336-282-5550.

Global Spectrum ( managers of the Roanoke Civic Center, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world.

Nearly  20-million  people  attended  more  than  11,000  events  in Global Spectrum  venues  last  year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part   of   Comcast-Spectacor,  one  of  the  world's  largest  sports  and entertainment  companies.  Comcast-Spectacor  also  owns  the  Philadelphia Flyers  of  the  National  Hockey  League,  the  Philadelphia  76ers of the National  Basketball  Association,  Ovations  Food  Services,  a  food  and beverage  services  provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing  product  for  public  assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider  of  venue  establishment  ticketing,  fundraising  and  marketing technology  solutions,  Front  Row  Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales  company,  and  Flyers  Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.  In  a  partnership  with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces eight nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC-TV