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50th Annual Arkansas Folk Festival, Mountain View


Courthouse Square, Mountain View

Celebrating 50 years, the Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View takes place April 20-22 on the downtown square. This annual spring event features handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations, parade, dancing on the courthouse square, and a window decorating contest. The highlight and focus is, of course, tons of folk, mountain, and bluegrass music. Also, Ozark Folk Center State Park kicks off its season offering free admission to its craft grounds Friday through Sunday, and free shuttle rides are offered between the park and downtown both Friday and Saturday. Visitors may park at the Folk Center and avoid trying to park in limited space in the downtown area.

An annual tradition since 1963, the festival has its origins in a Folkways Festival held in 1941 at Blanchard Springs. Stone County Extension Homemakers Clubs had a goal of preserving and reviving the traditional expressions as part of the cultural heritage of America. The hope that it would become an annual event at that time, however, was interrupted by war. Thousands of visitors and residents now reserve the third weekend of April as a time to renew a kinship with traditions.

The Arkansas Folk Festival is sponsored by the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce. Call 888-679-2859, e-mail mvchamber@mvtel.net, or visit  www.ArkansasFolkFestival.com for more information.