FORKLAND - In a picturesque valley flanked by knobs bearing the colors of early fall, the community of Forkland's population swelled to between 7,000 and 8,000 people this weekend, even though locals will proudly tell you it's not a town and never was.
"They drive hundreds of miles to do nothin'," said Steve Shepperson, co-chairman of the Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue, speaking of the people who travel miles of hilly, curvy backroads for the crafts, food, and fellowship.
Pam Roller, greeting people outside the Forkland Community Center, said the festival is set apart from others in that all the crafts are made by local people, those who either live in Forkland or still have a strong connection to it.
"From crafts to fine arts," she said.
"They don't let it turn into a flea market," echoed Shepperson, standing in a booth surrounded by baskets of produce. "All grown in the knobs," he said of the baskets of pumpkins, green beans, corn, walnuts, herbs and turnips.