The 51st edition of the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, on the campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College at Cumberland. The event is one of the oldest arts and crafts festivals in the state and its mission is to preserve as well as showcase the traditions and the culture of those living in Central Appalachia.
Michael Corriston, event director for 25 years, called the Swappin’ Meetin’ a “jewel” that attracts hundreds of people
Local and regional craftsmen will be on hand to demonstrate and display their sills and handiwork. Demonstrations include sorghum cooking, blacksmithing, chair making, basket weaving, broom making washboard washing with lye soap, a raku pottery firing, spinning, weaving, and butter churning
Contests will be held including quilting, photography, art, baked goods, pickles, jams and jellies, pumpkin and hog calling as well as a 5-K run, the Glow Run, set for Friday at 7 p.m.
P rofessor Rhonda Creech and her classes will present a STEM activity. STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, exercises will be presented to festival goers, specifically the youth as they will observe displays and solve problems. The STEM events will be held Oct. 2 from noon until 1:30 p.m. outside the Appalachian Center’s lower entrance.
Music will be presented each day beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until 5:30 p.m. A gospel concert will be held Friday evening Oct. 2 at 5:30 in the Appalachian Center theater. For the children, the Harlan Rotary Club Express Train Ride will operate as well as the hay wagon ride.
For more information about the Swappin’ Meetin’, call (606) 589-2145.