Vendors and crafters started arriving at Jackson's Mill as early as Thursday morning to prepare for what is one of the biggest weekends in Lewis County. The Jackson's Mill Jubilee gets underway at noon on Friday, and organizers said it's a great way to bring some attention and some cash to the county.
"We know that Lewis County has a lot to offer, but you've got to get people to come at see. And of course, our economic base, it doesn't hurt to give it a kick every once in a while," said Jubilee organizer Debbie Garrett.
And this weekend, that kick will get even bigger. The Jubilee has made such a name for itself that people are coming to Lewis County from other states just to show off their goods,
"I received one crafter's information to become a crafter here, they were in Tennessee. They had gotten on the website and found us on the website and was very interested with the area, and when they came in today, they were blown away, they said it was the most beautiful place they'd ever been," Garrett said.
The Jane Lew Arts and Crafts Festival was also setting up Thursday, and between those two events, the Lewis County Convention and Visitors Bureau said the impact on the county economy is enormous.
"It's amazing. Our hotels are usually full this weekend, and the campgrounds. We have hotel rooms from people coming to the jubilee and the Jane Lew Arts and Crafts festival as far away as Fairmont," said CVB Director Chris Richards.
While the local events are a big part of the draw, other events North Central West Virginia add to the fun. Since the Italian Heritage Festival runs at the same time, organizers suggest people make a weekend of checking out events in the region.
"When we actually get the opportunity to speak with people, we try to say, if you want to come to the area for a long weekend, not only do we have our two festivals, we have the Italian Heritage Festival just 30 minutes north of us," Richards said.
All three festivals officially open on Friday.