From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2, customers will receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases. There will be live radio remotes each day, glass giveaways, and food vendors. Some exclusive items made just for the event will be sold in the gift shop.
While Blenko Glass has faced its share of financial hurdles during tough economic times, events such as the Festival of Glass spur interest in the company, its products and its rich history.
"Things are looking up," Trippe said. "We've got a good bit of business. Some of these events help. We want the public to see and understand what we do and what we have to offer."
Blenko Glass Co. was founded in 1893 by William J. Blenko in Kokomo, Ind. He worked in London glasshouses starting at age 13 and moved to the United States with the intention of starting the first glasshouse outside Europe that could supply mouth-blown sheet glass for stained glass windows. In 1921, he settled in Milton, where the company has continued to be operated by subsequent generations of the Blenko family.
The company now has 46 on staff and everyone is to be on hand for the upcoming festival as well as some additional guest instructors, Trippe said. She said classes fill up quickly.
For a complete class schedule with descriptions go to www.blenko.com or call 304-743-9081.
To reach Blenko Glass Co., take exit 28 off Interstate 64 and go toward Route 60. Go right on Route 60. At the first light, go left on Bill Blenko Drive and follow the signs.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.