See below for the amazing list of talent coming to the Columbus Country Living Fair. All stage presentations are included with the price of admission. Dates and times are posted as they are confirmed. Talent and schedule subject to change.
- Kimberly SchlapmanSunday, September 15, 11:30Kitchen Stage
Kimberly Schlapman is a member of the award-winning musical group Little Big Town, host of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, and author of Oh Gussie! Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen, which is a compendium of delicious recipes and soul-stirring stories from her childhood spent in the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia, her travels on tour with the band, and everyday life spent in Nashville. Kimberly has two product lines of kitchen items and home goods that can be found online through HSN and in Cracker Barrel stores around the country.
Kimberly currently lives in Nashville with her husband, Stephen, and daughters, Daisy Pearl and Dolly Grace. See her live and in-person on Sunday, September 15th on the Blue Ribbon Kitchen Stage at the Columbus, Ohio, Country Living Fair.
- Annie SloanFriday, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pmMain Stage
Annie Sloan is widely recognized as one of the world’s most respected experts in paint and colour. As well as authoring 26 internationally sold books, Annie Sloan transformed the world of furniture paint with the creation of her own brand of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990.
Annie will talk you through some practical tips and techniques for decorating your home with Chalk Paint®. She’ll also demonstrate some of the most popular Chalk Paint® techniques. You will leave feeling inspired by the beautiful transformations that can be achieved with Chalk Paint® and excited about your own ability to upgrade your furniture – and your home. Perfect for anybody who wants to build their confidence or elevate their skills to another level. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity for the audience to pick Annie’s brains with any Chalk Paint® questions or conundrums!
- Nancy FullerFriday & Sunday 1:00, Saturday 11:30Kitchen Stage
Nancy Fuller is a woman of many talents. She’s an author (Farmhouse Rules: Simple, Seasonal Meals for the Whole Family), Food Network star (Farmhouse Rules, Spring Baking Championship, Holiday Baking Championship), and co-owner of Ginsberg’s Foods, a multimillion-dollar business she runs with her husband, David. She’s also a loving mother of six and grandmother of 13. Nancy lives in an authentic 17th-century farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Raised on garden vegetables and grass-fed beef, farming has always been in her blood. Her recipes represent her farming roots, and she believes in feeding others delicious, simple meals from the heart.
Featured most recently in the May 2019 issue of Country Living, Nancy joins the Columbus Country Living Fair’s Kitchen Stage all three days! Don’t forget to stop by her booth to pick up a copy of her book, one of her garlic mashers, and to let her know who your favorite baker was on this season’s Spring Baking Championship.
- Junk GypsiesGlitter, Grit & Grassroots Dreams...the Junk Gypsy WayFriday, September 13, 11:00Main Stage
In 1998 Texas sisters, Amie and Jolie Sikes, and their mom, Janie, started the Junk Gypsy Company with big dreams, a love of the open road and a slight flea market addiction. Staying true to themselves, the Sikes family has built a successful business that beckons to the free spirit and dreamer in everyone.
In addition to designing everything from apparel to jewelry to custom furniture, the gypsies have also been called upon to create spaces for country music artists and Hollywood stars such as Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Marcus Luttrell and Sadie Robertson to name a few.
Following their hit television series on Great American Country and HGTV, the gypsies can now be seen on their new HGTV web series titled “The Find & The Fix” on Facebook as well as “That Junk Gypsy Life” on HGTV’s mobile digital.
Most recent projects include exclusive lines for Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, Round Top Collection, several Junk Gypsy boot lines with Lane Boots, their own boutique hotel – The Wander Inn and their first JUNK GYPSY book with Simon & Schuster that quickly became a New York Times bestseller.
The Junk Gypsy World Headquarters is located in Round Top, Texas (population 90) where their 7500 square foot flagship store is located. They refer to it as the store the “junk” built and is a destination for thousands of junkers and shoppers year-round.
At the Columbus Country Living Fair, the Junk Gypsies will be sharing tips on their signature style.
For more information about The Junk Gypsy Company and the Junk Gypsy store in Round Top, Texas visit www.gypsyville.com.
- Kim LeggettMain Stage
Named by Country Living in 2018 as one of the The Country’s 100 Most Creative People, Kim Leggett is an award-winning interior designer and author of the bestselling book City Farmhouse Style, featuring beautiful interior photographs and design tips for achieving the popular farmhouse look. Kim and her husband, David, the other half of the City Farmhouse team, have been legendary pickers for more than 20 years and favorite designers to celebrity clients including Ralph Lauren, Sheryl Crow, and Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman. Their popular cross-country City Farmhouse Popup Shops draw farmhouse enthusiasts from around the globe for the curated, authentic farmhouse antiques and vintage home decor. This year, you’ll find the brand’s popup shop at Country Living Fairs in Columbus and Atlanta, along with their personally selected guest vendors offering vintage wares that compliments the City Farmhouse aesthetic.
- Katie BakerSaturday, September 14, 11:00Main Stage
Join barn quilt creator and antiques enthusiast Katie Baker of Baker Nest as she discusses the history of barn quilts, the modern barn quilt movement, and how she’s bringing them to all homes across the country.
After many years of barn quilt making, designing and teaching, Katie has earned the title of Barn Quilt Queen with her fans and peers in the home decor community. Combining her extensive background in education and history with her love of designing and creating, she now is taking this unique American folk art, traditionally seen only on barns, to homes all across the country.
- Melinda McCoyFinally Learn Your Decorating StyleFriday, September 13, 12:30Main Stage
Melinda McCoy teaches the “Everyday Home Decorator” how to finally feel home. She created her online House 214 Design School where she teaches her step-by-step “Finally Feel Home” program. This is where Melinda teaches her students their personal decorating style, how to make the right home decorating decisions, and ultimately how to finally feel home. Her students gain confidence in decorating their homes and save time and money along the way.
At the Country Living Fair, Melinda will start you on the path to learning your own home decorating style. She will also be styling and creating different vignettes that will have you identifying the colors, patterns, finishes, etc. that will best communicate your decorating style. You will gain confidence in making decorating decisions and leave excited about finally feeling home.
For more information on House 214 Design, please visit their website
- Charlyne MattoxFriday, September 13, 11:30, Saturday, September 14, 1:00Kitchen Stage
Charlyne Mattox is the Food & Craft Director at Country Living. On any given day, Charlyne might test a pizza recipe for the CL Blue Ribbon Kitchen, mix up a cocktail for CL column Drinking with Chickens, create an easy and fun craft for readers, and then take her dog, Gus, for a ride in her vintage blue MGB GT. Prior to her time at Country Living, she worked in the food and crafts departments at Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple.
Charlyne will do double duty at the Columbus Country Living Fair, appearing on the Kitchen Stage as well as hosting two Craft a Patriotic Table workshops.
- Kristin GambacciniSaturday, September 14, 3:30Main Stage
Kristin is a mother of many, a spray paint addict, a thrift store junkie, a crazy plant lady and a local TV personality. She resides in a small town in Ohio with her middle school teacher husband, their 8 children, 2 dogs, 1 bunny and 6 city chickens. Kristin shares humorous parenting stories and homemade-ish food recipes in addition to simple, down-to-earth DIY decor and home improvement instructional on her website, Perfectly DeStressed. She appears on WKYC Channel 3 – LIVE on Lakeside – bringing unique project ideas, tutorials, frugal advice and parental survival hacks to the greater Cleveland viewing area each week. Perfectly DeStressed has been featured in Somerset HOME, Somerset Studio as well as Today Show and Today Parents media platforms. Learn more about Kristin at https://perfectlydestressed.com and on Instagram and Facebook
Kristin’s presentation at the Country Living Fair will help you to “Grow” with the Flow – Creating Decor with Faux & Fresh Florals, Herbs & Greenery. Learn how to really dig flowers and say “Aloe” to more plants. Be sure to catch her on the Main Stage!
- Gus SmithhislerFriday, September 13Kitchen Stage
Gus has carved giant pumpkins professionally for over 18 years. Based in Central Ohio, most of his work can be found close to home, at the renowned Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory, the Ohio State Fair and the Circleville Pumpkin Festival. He also appeared on Halloween Wars Season 6 on the Food Network. The Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Longwood Gardens, Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago, the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Zoos have featured his work. He has appeared in both Ohio and Georgia for the Country Living Fair. He continues to hone his trade every fall.
Catch Gus on the Main Green starting his carving on Friday, September 13th
- Tilton Hollow, Chad Snelling & Jeff WinceSaturday, 2:30Kitchen Stage
We are thrilled to welcome Chad Snelling & Jeff Wince, from Tilton Hollow Farm & Soap Co. back to the Kitchen Stage. They are in their 25th year as a couple, and their 8th year as farmers. They have a herd of very spoiled dairy goats, a few sheep, and one very opinionated alpaca. With help from the goats they make the best soap in the world, we are also currently writing our first book “There’s a magic in the hollow..and some goat poop.”