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Pottery Festival becoming an annual tradition

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jeff Bell
For 125 years, Clay City has been synonymous with pottery.

This Saturday and Sunday, the 23rd annual Pottery Festival will take place.

Sponsored by the Clay City Lion's Club, the event will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, and conclude at dusk. Sunday's festivities begin at 10:30 a.m., and end at 6 p.m.

"This, along with the Clay City Fair, which happens in July, are two of the biggest highlights of the year," Lion's Club member Jeff Bell said. "It's a nice thing every summer to have here in the community."

This year, the festival will begin with a car show at the Clay City A&W, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. This is the second year the car show has taken place.

"It was a big hit last year and will be even bigger this year," Bell said.

Activities are centered around the Clay City Pottery business, which is still operated by the fourth generation of founders.

The pottery was established by Beryl Griffith in 1885. The businesses' name was changed from Griffith's Pottery to Clay City Pottery in 1912. The pottery itself is located at 510 E. 14th St., Clay City.

Bell said musical entertainment will be provided by a DJ from noon-2 p.m., Saturday, at the Goshorn Park gazebo.

He added the Lion's Club chicken dinner would take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and a fish fry has been scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., Sunday.

Other events of interest during the two-day event include craft shows and sales, flea markets, antique car and farm equipment displays, area yard sales and the annual quilt show organized by the Clay City Calico Quilters.

This year, show hours for the quilt show are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. The show will open before other festival activities on Friday as well, from 6-8:30 p.m. Admission will be $2.

Food stands will be set up all around the town.

Cost to attend the event and to park in the area is free and free shuttle service will be available.

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