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Lots of local potters will be on hand at church fundraiser
Benny Ray Holcomb shows his brightly colored face jugs to Kathy Segars during last year’s Folk Pottery Festival in Gillsville. - photo by For The Times

Gillsville Folk Pottery Festival
When: Saturday; Festival, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m.; dog show: registration, 9:45 a.m.; contest, 10 a.m.; barbecue chicken lunch, 11 a.m.; turning demonstration, 11 a.m.; flagpole presentation honoring veterans, noon; quilt raffle drawing, 1 p.m.
Where: Midway United Methodist Church, 6420 Ga. 52, Gillsville
How much: Free; dog show, $5 per class or $20 unlimited entry

The Gillsville Folk Pottery Festival at Midway United Methodist Church this Saturday marks the second year for the festival, and will feature a dozen potters who will sell their wares.

You might recognize a few members of families known for their folk pottery tradition at the festival.

The exhibitors will be Dal Burtchaell, Roger Corn, Joe Craven, Marc Craven, Mike Craven, Dewayne Crocker, Stanley Ferguson, Mary Ferguson, Mary Griffin, Wayne Hewell, Benny Ray Holcomb, Jeffrey Standridge and Steve Turpin.

Turpin said last year’s turnout was "better than expected for a first-year show."

For this year’s festival, he said he will bring "some bowls, some face jugs and some roosters," including a Siamese face jug, one of his specialties.

"It is a two-face jug, but it’s joined in the middle by its mouth," said Turpin, who worked at Craven Pottery for 27 years before starting his own studio in 2000.

"If you’re sitting there looking at the top of the jug, it’s got devil horns on it, and the bottom face is just a regular face, and I call them ‘Good and Evil’ — Siamese."

Some potters also will demonstrate turning on the wheel, starting at 11 a.m.

Antique cars and equipment will be on display, along with antique folk pottery. Local organizations will prepare homemade food for the festival, including barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and desserts.

A dog show will take place at 10 a.m. at the festival, with categories including "I look like master," "Best tail wagging" and "Best sports fan."

Turpin said the possibility of rain on Saturday won’t cancel the festival, which will then be held in the gym on the church property.

"If it is raining, tell everybody to come on. We’ll be there," he said.

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