2022 Festival on the Square, July 8-10

The 41st Annual Festival on the Square is July 8-10, 2022.

From Saturday, July 9th, to Sunday, the 10th, the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Hayesville will host an array of crafters, artists and food for the 41st Annual Festival on the Square. One July weekend a year, the Festival has become a town tradition that brings free entertainment and arts to the lawns of the Courthouse, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

From 10-5 on Saturday, July 9th, and 10-4 on Sunday, July 10, more than 60 crafters and artists from several states will display their wares around the courthouse lawn. Items like pottery, signs, mugs, pens, lotions and soaps, knives, wooden birdhouses, wine racks, furniture, and fishing rods will be for sale. Other items include dreamcatchers, paper quilling, acrylic pours, quilted purses, macrame, candles, jewelry, and fairy hair!  Many artists will be doing demonstrations, as well. The Brasstown Folk School will have a booth with information and demonstrating artists as well. The Square now has Internet which will allow more vendors to accept credit cards.

While viewing the art booths, stop to enjoy the shows that continue all weekend with various soloists, bands, dance groups, and some standard Appalachian entertainment in the gazebo. The entertainment schedule is posted here for your convenience.

This year’s Festival kicks off with the Friday Night Street Dance, July 8th, with free live music starting at 7:00pm. On the corner in front of Chinquapin, the streets will close a couple of hours before then. Plan to bring a chair and relax, or take to your feet and dance along as Moe Buckner and Our Way Band take the stage.

Saturday’s Lineup is:

Folk School Cloggers at 10:00am, Rob Tiger and Friends at 12:00pm, Wyatt Espalin at 1:00pm

& Other invited guests to follow.

Sunday’s Lineup is:

Star Dance Studio at 12:00pm, Emolyn Liden and Friends at 1:00pm, The Sea Notes at 3:00pm

& Other invited guests to follow.

The MENU items, from 11am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday, will be Fresh Festival BBQ plate or sandwich, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Mexican Elote Corn on the Cobb, Veggie & Cajun Turkey Wraps, Hotdogs, Brats and Sauerkraut.

Desserts being offered are Brownies and Cookies.

Drink menu includes Lemonade, Sweet & Unsweet Tea and Water will all be for sale, while supplies last.

Sponsored by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council, admission to the Festival and all entertainment is free, but the barbeque benefits CCHAC, which supports the Old Jail Museum and various art and history events for the schools and the community. CCHAC receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts.

Stop by the booth to find out how to help CCHAC with next year’s Festival and other events.

The Old Jail Museum will be open both days of the Festival, as well, from 10am to 4pm.

No pets are allowed at this event. Service animals must be on a leash and cleaned up after promptly.

Click to download a vendor application.