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Ozark Folk Center State Park 40th Anniversary


Forty years ago, the culmination of a lot of hard work, both statewide and nationally, came to fruition as the Ozark Folk Center State Park opened its doors. This Arkansas – and American –treasure is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Ozark Mountain way of life: the music, the crafts, the dance and the folk life.

You can attend concerts and classes, stay at the lodge, eat in the restaurant, and immerse yourself in the customs of the

The park, located in Mountain View, is having a Dedication Day Celebration on Sunday, May 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include craft programs from both when the park opened until today, speakers from opening day, and a slide presentation from1973 will be shown throughout the day in the White Oak Auditorium, and a display of the dresses worn during the park’s initial year of operation.

Also taking place will be old-time games for all ages at 2 p.m., recognition of some of the original “folks” at 3 p.m. who will share their memories, plus a visiting room displaying memorabilia. Admission on May 5 will be the same price as it was in 1973 -- $2.50 for everyone older than age six.  Children ages six and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com or call 870-269-3851.