The 51st edition of the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will be held Oct. 2-3 on the campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & 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 to the festival site located along the banks of Cloverlick Creek. “We have high hopes that the 51st installment will be the best yet,” he said. “The Swappin’ Meetin’ committee has worked hard to ensure this year’s event is a success.”
As in years past, the Swappin’ Meetin’ will be the place to be on the first Friday and Saturday of October when an array of events and contests along with lively toe-tapping music are served up to festival goers. Local and regional craftsmen will be on hand to demonstrate and display their skills and handiwork. Demonstrations include sorghum cooking, blacksmithing, chair making, basket weaving, broom making washboard washing with lye soap, a raku pottery firing, spinning, weaving, butter churning and much more.
Additionally, a wealth of 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.
Professor 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.
Throughout the event’s run a variety of live music will be presented, featuring acts from the area and across the region and beyond. Music will be presented each day beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until 5:30 p.m. Additionally, a gospel concert will be held Friday evening Oct. 2 at 5:30 in the Appalachian Center theater and featuring a roster of local singers.
For the children, the Harlan Rotary Club Express Train Ride will operate as well as the hay wagon ride.
Many vendors will offer a selection of Appalachian crafts and a variety of traditional and contemporary foods will be served at sites across campus. Also, the ever-popular Soup Bean Dinner will be held Saturday in the grill located in Falkenstine Hall.
“We will have something for everyone,” said Corriston. “Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds and fun of the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, we look forward to seeing you.”
For more information about the Swappin’ Meetin’ contact Corriston or Tessa Roark, SKCTC Cumberland campus, at 606-589-2145.