“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”

The artisans and craftsmen in Appalachia have deep roots and a reputation for creating some of the most amazing pieces of art.

Visitors to Gatlinburg can see these craftsmen and their work during the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair from July 14 to 17 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center located at Traffic Light #8 in downtown Gatlinburg.

More than 180 of the finest artisans will present their works of art. Some will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their unique ability. To ensure that the event brings the most talented artisans and craftsmen, the show is juried for quality and unusual skill.

Throughout the event, visitors will see some of the best pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, paintings, quilting and stained glass that showcase the Appalachian culture. The works of art will be available for purchase during the Craftsmen’s Fair, which has been named as a top 10 events by the Southeast Tourism Society.

A show highlight is the live country and bluegrass music by feature performer, Tim Watson, “The Fiddle Man.” Performances are daily at noon, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair is $7 for adults and children aged 12 and under are free of charge.