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Annual craft fair returns next weekend
Beersheba Springs tradition carries on
SS Beersheba Springs Craft Fair
Nestled on the cozy grounds of historic United Methodist Assembly, the Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The 48th annual Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Festival will once again brighten up the small hamlet of Beersheba Springs next weekend, Aug. 23-24. The festival draws thousands of people from around the area, with approximately 150 exhibitors coming from several states.
“We are expecting a really good show this year,” said event organizer Fran Holt. “The last account we had of the vendors was done over a week ago and we were in the 150s. Since then, we have received even more calls. It’s going to be a good show. It will be the largest show we’ve had in a while.”
Held on the historic United Methodist Assembly grounds in Grundy County, the property is the site of a 19th century resort and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the past, the event has provided a relaxing atmosphere where visitors can peruse hand-crafted items.
Holt says location plays a big part in the festival’s success.
“People love to come to the Beersheba show,” said Holt. “We have people come from Warren County and all over the state, as well as some from out of state. I think they like to come and sit on the porch and around the assembly grounds. It’s a laid back show where people can relax and enjoy themselves. The vendors enjoy it and the visitors enjoy themselves. It’s a wonderful show.”
There is no cost for parking or admission into the festival. Due to the large crowds each year, the festival offers buses that individuals can use as transportation from the parking area to the United Methodist Assembly grounds. There is no charge for using a bus.
Proceeds come from vendor fees and food sales. Proceeds go to benefit local charities in the community, including Beersheba Springs Library, Beersheba Springs Rescue Squad, Beersheba Springs Community Center, Grundy County Center for Exceptional Citizens, North Elementary School and food baskets. Fair board members include Holt, chairman, Donald Boyd, Melissa Scruggs, Lonnie Whitman and Bobby Thompson.
The town of Beersheba Springs is located on Highway 56, 18 miles from McMinnville, and 25 miles from Monteagle.