Proctorville crafts to be featured at Dogwood Festival

Published 10:58 am Friday, April 24, 2009

PROCTORVILLE — This week brings a traditional spring event to the Tri-State — the 39th Annual Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

At this year’s three-day long celebration will be the crafts of two Proctorville area residents.

Sally Dixon of Becky’s Candles is a veteran of the festival and will bring her handmade candles and wood craft products.

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Dixon has been creating the candles for the past 11 years.

“My daughter started when she was 16,” Dixon said. “We put her through college doing candles.”

She will offer a variety of candles from ones in jelly jars to those in pottery. Her husband John, creates wood products such as bird houses, decorative pieces and benches.

“Everything is made from scratch,” Dixon said.

This will be the first year for Delores Pittman to be at the festival. She will offer her handmade magnetic jewelry, many made out of the hematite black stone. She will also bring children’s sports jewelry.

Pittman got into creating jewelry as a sidelines and has toured at other festivals.

“I had retired. I was manager of a credit union and wasn’t ready to not be around people. This is a wonderful outlet,” Pittman said. “The people who come are so much fun to talk to. It is a real treat to greet the people and talk with them. The ones who are working the different fairs are so nice and enjoyable.”

The Dogwood Festival attracts vendors from across the Tri-State offering metal works, jewelry, woodworking, candles, children’s clothing and West Virginia products.

There will be free crafts for youngsters on Saturday from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.; flower planting and story time from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and local author book signings on Sunday.

Festival hours are noon to 8 pm. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults; $3.50 for seniors 55 and over; $1 for children 6 to 12; and ages 5 and under are free.