Events Ahead: Northwest Arkansas Spring Craft Fairs

Jill M. Rohrbach
jillsjourneys@gmail.com
Annual craft fairs are held each spring and fall in northwest Arkansas bringing exceptional artists to sell their handmade wares and thousands of visitors interested in buying them. It’s a tradition that has been ongoing for about 50 years for the oldest fairs with new fairs popping up over time as well.

This weekend, the rolling hills of the Ozarks will be dotted with fairs full of pottery, baskets, stained glass, jewelry, artwork and much, much more.

One of the oldest fairs takes place at War Eagle Mill and features culinary arts this year. World Garden from Bentonville will demonstrate how to make pasta using flour from War Eagle Mill. The Mill will have baking demonstrations throughout the day, featuring how to make a variety of breads. “This year marks our move to embrace the culinary arts,” fair coordinator Barb Lisle explained. “We hope to grow the culinary aspect of the fair in future years because it is the core of what War Eagle Mill represents, making great food.”

This year craft fair weekend happens to include Mother’s Day. There will be plenty for mothers, grandmothers, and the rest of the family to enjoy at War Eagle Mill. Along with booths filled with artisan crafts, there will be plenty of delicious food. Oklahoma bluegrass band SpringStreet will perform Friday and Saturday, and musicians from Bentonville’s Pickin’ on the Square will play on the front porch on Sunday. Crafters will feature a variety of items from garden ornaments to jewelry.

War Eagle Mill opens for breakfast at 7 a.m. Booths open at 8 a.m. You can also watch the old grist mill at work. The mill grinds fresh, organic, whole grain goodness daily. It’s been in existence since 1832. War Eagle Mill is located at 11045 War Eagle Road about ten miles east of Rogers. For more information or directions, visit Wareaglemill.com or call 479-789-5343.

The Mill’s neighbors, Bill and Lucy Sharp, will also feature more than 100 crafters with their coinciding Sharp Show. According to Lisle, most people do not realize that there are multiple crafts fairs happening at the same time at War Eagle, and “we like that because working together allows us to build an exciting experience for our community.”

For a list of all the craft shows offered throughout the rest of the northwest Arkansas Ozarks, click here.

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3 comments on “Events Ahead: Northwest Arkansas Spring Craft Fairs
  1. Linda Kellogg says:

    My husband and I are interested in all the old time crafts and authentic bluegrass culture. What is a good place to visit?

  2. Jill Rohrbach says:

    For old-time crafts and music in one place, visit Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. http://ozarkfolkcenter.com/

  3. Jill Rohrbach says:

    For old-time crafts and music in one place, visit Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. http://ozarkfolkcenter.com/

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