PITTSFIELD, Pa. - This year's Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Pittsfield, Pa., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission fees are $6, adults; $4, seniors; and children 12 and under are free of charge. If you attend on Saturday, you may return on Sunday free of charge simply by signing the second day pass book as you leave.
Now in its 34th year, the Wild Wind Festival has established its reputation as one of the premier gatherings in Northwest Pennsylvania by providing visitors with 150 juried craftsmen from across the country, many food choices, live musical entertainment, a Bird of Prey exhibit and lectures, a master chainsaw carving exhibition, children's activities, an exotic animal zoo, and more.
The setting, unlike typical shopping experiences, allows visitors to meet the crafts people who made the items they are viewing and purchasing.
This photo of the first two visitors waiting for the gates to open at the 2012 Wild Wind Festival indicates you can’t always count on a sunny day at Wild Wind, but it doesn’t matter. These two young ladies have been first in line for several years in a row and come prepared for any and all weather conditions, along with the thousands of others who line up early and say they wouldn’t miss the Wild Wind Festival for any reason.
Musical entertainment will be provided on Saturday by Turnstiles, the group headed by Dan Hunt of Cincinnati, Ohio. Turnstiles has been invited back due to popular demand for several years in a row. Sunday's music will be the "Salmon Frank Trio." This high-energy, fun-oriented trio plays some of the finest venues in Northwestern Pennsylvania and is looking forward to its debut performance at the festival.
This year's show will feature two newcomers in the demonstration category.
Paul Fehringer, founder, executive director and head naturalist/educator for Wild Spirit Education, which is located in Northwestern New York state, will be exhibiting. Wild Spirit was initially involved solely in rehabilitation of wildlife but has since shifted its primary focus from rehab to education. Fehringer is also going to demonstrate the unique sport of Falconry. He will be on hand only on Saturday and will give programs at 11:30, 1:30 and 3 but will be available throughout the day for those who would like to discuss his mission.
Also, Rick Boni, an internationally recognized chainsaw carver, will be showcasing the fine art of carving on both Saturday and Sunday. Boni is co-founder of the Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. Due to his mastery of the art, he was invited to teach this craft in Japan; judge an international carving competition and went on to judge the English Open Chainsaw Competition in Sandringham, England. He has been the featured artist on Fox, CBS, PBS and a number of international stations and his works are on display all over the world. There will be a chance to win one of his carvings with a small donation, the proceeds of which will be donated to a designated charity.