History of the Kings Mountain Art Fair

History of the Kings Mountain Art Fair

By Aaron Kinney

August 29, 2014

A brief history of the Kings Mountain Art Fair, based on San Mateo County Times research and "Images of America: Kings Mountain," by Stacy Trevenon and Arcadia Publishing.

1963: First fair held June 22-23 at John Wickett's barn off Bear Gulch Road. It begins as an exhibition for the Pine Needles sewing club but grows to include visual art.

1965: The fair moves to its permanent home at 13889 Skyline Blvd., the future site of the Kings Mountain fire station.

1966: Volunteers begin building the firehouse and community center based on a design by local architect John Cole, husband of fair organizer Jean Cole.

1974: The building, Phleger Station, is dedicated in November. The structure is named after the Phleger family, which donated the land.

1976: The fair pulls in $19,000, as the number of participating artists grows.

1984: Jean Cole dies. It was her idea to make the fair an annual event to fund the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade. "She was really the one with the vision," says Ardyth Woodruff.

2013: The fair celebrates its 50th year. The fair's board of directors taps a reserve fund to give the fire brigade a $400,000 endowment. It also gives a $100,000 gift to Kings Mountain Elementary School.

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