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
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 www.CraftShow.com or by
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) 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