One sign that the Folk Festival in Eureka Springs is worth the trip – it’s been going on for 64 years in a row! You can catch it this year on Nov. 2-5. In addition to great music, it includes competitions and art shows.
The Folk Festival Queen contest takes place Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the City Auditorium. It takes beauty and talent to win first prize, a $500 scholarship donated by Eureka Springs Rotary Club. The Hogeye Ramblers provide entertainment during the event.
The Barefoot Ball takes place Friday, Nov. 4. Music is by the Hogscalders and Big Smith. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Arts and crafts shows take place beginning at 10 a.m. in Basin Park in the historic downtown and starting at 8 a.m. at Pine Mountain Village on Ark. 62 on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Also in Basin Park on Saturday is the Songwriters’ Contest from noon to 2 p.m. Members of Still On the Hill and 3 Penny Acre serve as judges. First prize is $300, two tickets to the evening show at the City Auditorium and the opening slot at next year’s show. Second prize is $150 and two tickets to the evening City Auditorium show. Third place gets $100 and two tickets to that night’s show.
Also at 2 p.m. Saturday is the Folk Festival Parade. This year’s theme is “Eureka through the Years.” Contestants choose their favorite era in Eureka Springs to use as a theme for decoration of their parade entry. First prize for the Best Float award is $400, and second prize is $200. Best Costume is $100. The Best Walking Group (four or more people) garners $150. The Best School entry is worth $250, with Best Musical entry receiving $200. Still On the Hill and 3 Penny Acre will perform at the Basin Spring Park band shell before and after the parade.
The big City Auditorium show is at 7 p.m. Saturday and features the winner of last year’s Songwriters’ Contest, Nick Rorick followed by 3 Penny Acre and Still On the Hill. The headliner for the evening is Split Lip rayfield, a Wichita, KS band described as “bluegrass, alt-country or cow-punk.” Split Lip Rayfield is credited with helping to launch the “thrash-grass” sound.
For details on all the fun – ticket info, entry forms, rules for the contests and schedule updates – head on over to Ozarkfolkfestival.com.