This year’s Mountain Glory festival will feature a record number of more than 150 food, craft, business and non-profit vendors. Their booths will be spread out over three blocks of Main Street in downtown Marion.
Many of these vendors are from McDowell while others will come from various places in western North Carolina and other states.
Katie Devlin with Just Putzing Around falls into both categories. She’s been doing knitting and crocheting for 20 years and has been coming to the Mountain Glory for six. When she starting coming to the festival, Devlin was from Old Fort but has since relocated to Hendersonville.
On Wednesday, Devlin told The McDowell News she’s looking forward to the 2017 festival.
“It’s great,” said Devlin. “It’s good to see all of our friends. Everybody has a real good time. It’s a very well planned event.”
Devlin’s Just Putzing Around booth is usually located near the kid’s area and the food vendors. She and her husband Kevin have all kinds of knitted and crocheted hats and scarves and other fun creations.
Devlin said she and her husband goes to other festivals in this region but Mountain Glory is one of the best. “It’s one of our favorites because of how well planned it is,” she said, adding Marion Business Association Director Freddie Killough does a fine job running this event.
“She’s great,” said Devlin of Killough. “She keeps you updated on everything through the year.”
A popular and award-winning cheesemaker from McDowell County will also be back at this year’s Mountain Glory.
English Farmstead Cheese will have its booth in front of Roseland Florist. Owner and founder Susan English said this will be the fifth year that her business will be represented at the Marion celebration.
On Saturday, English herself will be up at the store in North Cove making cheese and waiting on customers there. Rachel Brown and Ashley McCartha, who are English’s daughters, and Dan Crawley will be operating the booth at Mountain Glory in her place.
They will have pumpkin spice spread, spiced apple spread, cheese curds, butter cup and cheddar cheeses. They only take items that are $5 or less to festivals because it is easier for them and the customers, said English.
She added she was making extra cheese curds on Wednesday for Saturday’s festival.
English said her business goes to festivals in Nashville, Tenn., Asheville and Raleigh. But it is her hometown festival that is the most profitable for her operation.
“It’s the most bang for your buck,” she said. “Even in the rain, we still sold quite a bit.”
Tomorrow: A look at this year’s entertainment.