Calico Fort plans 29th annual event

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 12, 2000

The tantalizing aroma of hickory and pine, the smell of candles and herbs, the distant sound of the Indian drums and merry chatter and laughter have all become a permanent part of Calico Fort Arts and Crafts Fair in Fort Deposit, Alabama.

This twenty-ninth annual Calico Fort is planned to be bigger and better than ever. Scheduled for April 15 and 16, visitors of every age will find something to see, to buy, to learn and to enjoy.

Exhibitors, approximately 200 from ten states including the Carolinas, Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi, New York, Louisiana, Florida and every part of Alabama have been specially selected to represent the best artisans and craftsmen in their respective areas.

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One can expect to find handsewing, painted clothing, wood works, leather goods, rattlesnake skin accessories, stained and beveled glass, pottery, garden statuary, wind chimes, toys of every sort, jewelry designers, pine needle and basket weaving, rockerless chairs, furniture in cyprus, twig and vine, bird houses, oil, pen & ink and pastel art and plants of all kinds.

Special attractions include blacksmiths demonstrating their talents, an exhibitor who will demonstrate the fine art of producing delicious home-made ice cream and Elvin King with his chain saw carvings.

Added this year will be a special children's area which will include pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, face painting, Calico balloons, hermit crabs and other exhibitors whose talents are tempting to the little ones. In this area, the young will even have the opportunity to really pan for gold.

Food, food and more food will be a special treat as the men and women of Fort Deposit prepare tons of chicken and pork barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers and sweet confections of every sort.

Continuous entertainment is always present in the Fort's natural amphitheater. Featured attractions will include The Southern Comfort Blue Grass Band, the Persimmon Creek Cloggers, Haley Spates, a Christian

music vocalist, the Fort Deposit School of Dance performing their routines and International Miss performances also are scheduled during the two-day event.

Fort Deposit is located thirty miles south of Montgomery and fifteen miles north of Greenville, just off I-65. Signs will mark the route from the Interstate into the Fort. Gates are open from 9

a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Make plans now to join in the fun of the twenty-ninth annual event on Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16.