8/22/2014 4:53 AM
by Adam Mayer
BECKLEY -- The 18th annual Appalachian Festival started today in Beckley and showed what is so special about Appalachian culture.
Different vendors ranged from foods and various cooking spices, to arts and crafts. One vendor in particular showcased his craft and said that he is trying to keep a dying Appalachian tradition alive with his bare hands.
Gerald Carter, a member of the West Virginia Wood turners Association, says “well if we lose this skill, things like wooden bowls that people pretty much take for granted, can be made manufactured in a factory and mass produced, but there's a different quality to them when they're hand turned.”
The festival will continue on through Sunday with plenty of food, crafts, and entertainment.