Glamping one of the attractions at festival

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At the Antiques and Artisans Festival this weekend in Butler County, visitors can buy art, crafts, antiques, plants and all types of festival food, including breakfast. But the longest line might be people curious to find out what "glamping" is.

"It will be a 12-by-14-foot canvas side tent, fully furnished with a queen-size bed. It's a fully furnished bedroom. We'll have dinner packages available," said Kerry McCann, who owns Whispering Pines Farm, a 130-year-old horse farm, with her husband, Don Sprouse.

Glamping, short for glamorous camping, is a nationwide trend that appeals to people who love the outdoors but don't want to rough it. The tent won't be available during the festival, but it can be rented by the day or weekend, Ms. McCann said. Packages start at $175 per person per night.

"After the festival, they can contact us and make a reservation," she said.

This is the second year that the two have had festivals on the 34-acre farm. They are held twice a year, on the third weekends of June and October. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, free for children under 12. All areas are wheelchair-accessible, and parking is free.

More than 40 vendors will be selling home, garden and decor items. Antiques range from primitive and Colonial to high country and Victorian. Artisans include painters, potters and woodworkers. Food booths will offer breakfast sandwiches, French cupcakes, barbecue, funnel cakes, nachos and kettle corn. Entertainment will be provided by Bill Young Acoustics and Jenkins & Crum with flutist Tom Hong.

Whispering Pines Farm is at 201 Winsome Lane, Cabot (16023). Information; 724-568-PINE or www.whisperingpinesfarmpa.com.


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